Thurrock African Easter Celebration

Nollyfest supported by Thameside Theatre is working with TAG (Thurrock African Group) to deliver an Easter weekend celebration for all the family.
The event which takes place on Saturday April 15th 2017, and will be held at the Thameside Theatre, running from 11.30am to 6.30pm.

The day will consist of variety of performances, information stalls and a film screening.

To obtain your ticket, please click  here.

You can also call the Box office on 0345 300 5264, or go to the Box office at Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays RM17 5DX on Saturday between 10am and 1pm to purchase ticket.

Subject to availability of seats on the actual day, Saturday 15th April, tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, or if you are interested in booking a stall or being involved in the event please call 07941 933860 or email

TAG Conference – MONEY MATTERS – Saturday 16th January 2010

Conference Jan 2010 flyer, originally uploaded by thurrockafricangroup.

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year from the Thurrock African Group!

As we have ushered in 2010, TAG says it’s now time to turn the calender and move our financial lives ahead. So I would encourage you not to miss the free event on Saturday 16th January at 12pm. The conference focuses on the issue that matters to all of us – MONEY!

Please pass the info to your friends, family and colleagues.


Bukky Okunade – Chairperson

TAG Black History Month Youth Debate

TAG BHM Youth Debate, originally uploaded by thurrockafricangroup.

The Thurrock African Group is inviting Thurrock Schools to take part in the annual Youth Debate Event in celebration of Black History Month. Everyone is also welcome from the community to a join the audience.

Aims / Objectives:

•To engage young people in the spirit of debate, by researching their argument and encouraging a confident delivery of their point of view.

•To broaden knowledge around topical issues and empower the participants to articulate their argument in a fun and informative way.

•To raise awareness about current affairs and the cultural changes in modern society.

•Celebrate the cultural diversity amongst young people in Thurrock by uniting them in topics of interest.

The motions will include the following:

1.“Do Women make better leaders than men (using Ellen Johnson President of Liberia as an example)’

2.“What pressures are there for athletes to perform, does steroids help or is natural talent enough?

TAG Bridging Diversity Conference  

The first annual conference of the Thurrock African Group (TAG), sponsored by Essex Community Foundation, was held on Saturday 17 January 2009 at the Thameside Theatre, Grays, Essex, from 10.00am.

This conference looked at the theme “Bridging Diversity: Problems, Challenges and Prospects”, speakers and workshops explored and discussed issues of; Education, Immigration, Community Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Business and Procurement, Faith and Spirituality and Youth Provisions and facilities.

The tremendous effort put in planning the conference was obvious from the attendance, the quality of speakers and the activities that took place at the gathering. Present at the event were representatives from the Council, Primary Care Trust, Police, Enterprise Agency, Voluntary services, religious groups, and the Thurrock MP, Mr Andrew Mackinlay, with over 100 delegates in attendance. A very positive feedback have been received from the majority of people that were there.

A full report of the conference is being prepared and will be published as soon as practicable.
Please click the link below to watch a video clip of the Chair, Bukky Okunade and Thurrock MP, Andrew Mackinlay being interviewed by Michael Casey’s of Your Thurrock at the conference.

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.”


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