World Aids Day Event

Gates of Praise Church Christian Centre hosted an event to commemorate the World Aids Day.

The event, at the church on Belmont Road in Grays, was organised by sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust.
It featured guest speakers and a drama performance by church members, highlighting the important role faith communities play in HIV prevention.

Thurrock Festival

THOUSANDS of people enjoyed hours of music and fun from across the world at the Thurrock Festival Saturday.

Held at Grays Beach Park, the event saw entertainment as diverse as the Tilbury Band to break dancing on the main stage with Gospel too and culminating in international artists and top 10 chart acts Sway, Nathan, and Kele le Roc.
Soaring temperatures kept the ice cream and drink concessions busy throughout the day and the nearby Grays Beach Park play area was also crammed with visitors – many enjoying the water feature.
Over the day, more than 3,000 people, young and old, came through the gates.
Visitors to the Festival Saturday event included the Mayor of Thurrock Councillor John Everett, other councillors, Thurrock Council Chief Executive Angie Ridgwell, representatives from the Development Corporation and MP Andrew Mackinlay.
They were there to help celebrate Thurrock’s diverse culture and many different aspects of the local cultural scene were on display, including the Thurrock Nepalese (Gurkha) Community, and the Thurrock African Group, as well as the Thurrock Racial Unity Support Task group (TRUST) and several different faith groups.
Jugglers, a robot and event tarot readings were also kept busy entertaining the crowds throughout the 12-hour event which closed at 10pm.
Thurrock Council’s Cabinet member for Central Services including diversity, Coun Barry Johnson, said: “Saturday was a huge success, More than 3,000 people came through the gate over the day and had a chance to experience some of the diverse cultures living in Thurrock today – and have fun at the same time.”


Thurrock African Group AGM

The AGM of the Group will take place on Monday 30th June 2008.

Please come and discuss issues vital to the Group or feel free to raise any issues yourself.There will also be the election of officers at the meeting. All nominations to the Secretary please.


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is held on 8th March every year and has been observed since the early 90’s. International Women’s Day began in the USA and was led by vocal and active women who challenged inequality and discrimination and demanded better working conditions, equal pay and increased rights. It is now globally recognised across developed and developing countries and is a national holiday in many countries. Through a rich and diverse fabric of national and local activity, International Women’s Day connects women from around the world and enables them to honour women’s advancement and celebrate women’s achievement.

As part of this years celebrations the Chief Executive and the Corporate Management Team (CMT) invite colleagues to join us in a range of events which celebrate ‘Women in Thurrock’


Thursday 6th March 2008

‘Learning Lunch’ – ‘Turning Aspirations into Success, A Women’s Perspective’
A short film followed by Speakers and a lunchtime discussion (A Special Lunch is provided)
Council Chambers and Committee Room 3
12.30pm- 1.30pm

Saturday 8th March 2008 – Saturday 15th March 2008

‘Indulge Yourself’

Healthy Glow Beauty Salon and Orchid Hair and Beauty are offering 15% off treatments.

A thoughtful gift for yourself or for this Mothers Day. * One treatment per customer quoting reference ‘International Women’s Day’

Monday 10th March 2008

‘The Road to Equality’ Exhibition’

A visual exhibition of the Women’s Rights Movement.

Thameside Complex

Wednesday 5th March – Wednesday 12th March

‘School’s Awareness – Gender Equality in Education’
Information and Talks on Gender based bullying

These events are open to all and we positively encourage everyone to attend. For further information or to book please do not hesitate to contact the Corporate Diversity Team, on 01375 652472 or email

We look forward to seeing you.

Yours Sincerely

The Corporate Diversity Team

Next Meeting Date

The Chair will like you to note the following meeting dates:

Wednesday 5th March – General meeting

Thursday 17th April – Annual General Meeting (book from 6pm)

The agenda for each meeting will be publicised closer to the days of the meeting.



The Thurrock Re-use Project invitation to Launch

On Tuesday 19th February 2008 the Trustees are holding a launch day and would like to invite you.

For the last two years the project has been managed under a partnership between Thurrock CVS and Thurrock Play Network, In December 2007 Thurrock Re-Use Project (TRUP) was formed by local people, committed to making a difference to their community and environment.

Second Generation supplies furniture and electrical items at low cost mainly to people on reduced incomes, to enable them to do this, they collect these items from residents of Thurrock, refurbish, repair and test for safety and suitability.

The afternoon starts at 1pm with a welcome buffet.

Reducing waste going to landfill and helping those of us less fortunate are rightly high on everyone’s agenda please come and be part of the future of this Charity.

All are welcome to our launch day please feel free to share this with a friend or colleague

To enable us to cater without waste please send an RSVP to Trup

For more information about TRUP and the work it does please contact The Project Manager on 01375 846702 or email Check out the Second Generation Website on

About the Thurrock African Group (TAG)

The marked increase in the number of Africans living and working in the borough brought about the realisation that a community group for Africans would be necessary.

So, nearly four years ago, some dedicated Africans living in Thurrock came together to form a group for peoples of African origin, and named it the Thurrock African Group. A community organisation that aims to enable us develop common interests, share information and experiences through networking and support mechanisms.

It is expected that TAG delivers activities that will involve organising educational projects and presenting social and cultural events to promote diversity and tackle inequality and social exclusion.

We recognised that working jointly with the Council and other organisations can help improve the quality of provision of services to African people. TAG needs to be involved in processes that will facilitate our input into decision making bodies such as the Council and Health service providers, so that these organisations can better understand and meet the needs and aspirations of African people in the borough.

We have held successful awareness seminars on business and health. These and future events are informed by the group’s understanding that any attempt to ensure diversity has to go beyond issues of colour, race, and gender, but to include creating an enabling environment beneficial to taking advantage of opportunities on a level playing field, and, being able to contribute effectively, adding value to the wider society. The Business Awareness Seminar was mainly an effort to give the local minority ethnic communities the access to information on opportunities, making the claim to diversity in Thurrock become more realistic and meaningful.

You would understand that to continue to provide a focal point for the promotion of our cultural, social, economic and religious needs, and to influence the provision of services for Africans in Thurrock, TAG needs more people from the African community to become members.

To join the Thurrock African Group, please contact Gladys Zakana on 01375 385316 or email:, or complete this form and post it to Thurrock African Group, c/o TRUST, 2nd Floor, Thameside Complex, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex RM17 5DX.

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Minutes of 22 January 2008 Meeting

Thurrock African Group
General Meeting
Tuesday 22nd January 2008
Council Offices, Grays

• Influence the future of Thurrock
• Thurrock Local Development framework
• Holocaust Memorial
• Health awareness day
The Chair Cllr Bukky welcomed and thanked everyone for attending the meeting; she also acknowledged those who sent their apologies.

Influence the future of Thurrock
Cllr Bukky distributed the sheets and encouraged every one to attend the event which will be held on Saturday 2nd February 2008, venue: Culver Centre- Main hall 10 am to 4 pm. This event involved the planning and the vision of Thurrock, and the opportunity for the local people in the community to contribute towards the agenda of shaping Thurrock.
Cllr Bukky informed members that for more information they should contact Levi Hinds on 01375 652 435 0r and Linda Smith on 01375 652695.
Thurrock Local Development framework
Cllr Bukky passed on a letter sent by Ms Marim Isijola from Planning Policies and Site Allocation. The Core Strategy Policy, CD, Planning Policies and Site Allocation were also distributed amongst members.
Cllr Bukky encouraged members to take part in this project because Black people are also members of the community and it is where we all live also. She emphasised that it will be a good practice for us to be part of these plans.
Cllr Bukky suggested we all go through the letter and the CD and send feedback across to her by email before the end of January 2008.
Two Consultation Documents-:
1. The Core Strategy – This sest out a broad vision of how Thurrock will develop (in line with Thurrock’s Sustainable Community Strategy)
2. The Site Specific Allocations document- This sets out specific site where proposed development will take place.
The consultation will be running from 7th January 2008 until 18th February 2008. Cllr Bukky informed members that Ms Mariam Isijola who works closely with Thurrock Council, (Strategic Planning) will be grateful if she could be contacted on 01375 652270 for views and questions.

Holocaust Memorial
Cllr Bukky informed members that the Corporate Diversity Team invited everyone to listen to the amazing story of the Holocaust survivor, which will take place at the Thameside Theatre in Grays at 5: 30 pm on Thursday 24th January 2008.
Also on Sunday 27th January 2008, a remembrance of the Holocaust Memorial Day will be held at 2:00 pm and between Monday 21st January to Sunday 27th January 2008, the Museum will hold an Exhibition of images . The events are free, and to book for tickets, the Corporate Diversity Team should be contacted on 01375 652958 or emailed at
Venue and Date
• Holocaust survival – Thameside Theatre in Grays at 5: 30 pm on Thursday 24th January 2008
• Holocaust Memorial Day Remembrance – Sunday 27th January 2008 at 2:00 pm
• Museum to explore an Exhibition of images – between to explore an Exhibition of images – Monday 21st January 2008 to Sunday 27th January

Health Awareness Day
Cllr Bukky commented we took onboard issues regarding our health.
Mrs Oluremi Adenaike reported that the current strategies of health issues surrounding Black people especially the resent results on health issues are Hepatitis B, sexually transmitted diseases, and side effects on children whose parents are not breast feeding them.
Cllr Bukky suggested that it will be a good idea to set up an event on health awareness for BME woman and get professionals and Mrs Oluremi Adenaike to participate in giving a talk. Cllr Bukky will get in touch with the executives for a fixed date and get back to Mrs Oluremi Adenaike before the end of March 2008.
Cllr Bukky commented TAG will need funding for this project.

Meeting Closed