Groups, clubs and local organisations

Groups, clubs and local organisations

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Bata Heritage Centre in East Tilbury

We are a small band of volunteers whose aim is to present the interesting history of the British Bata Shoe Co Ltd, its fascinating industrial and architectural heritage, and the social history of those who worked for the Bata company and the people who lived on the Bata residential estate.  We also aim to keep the name of Bata alive.  Have a look at our website https://www.bataheritagecentre.org.uk/ for more details and how to contact our Chairman.

Ballroom Dancing at The Springhouse
Springhouse Road Corringham SS17 7QT
Friendly atmosphere. Ballroom/Latin some sequence dancing for all levels every Tuesday. Lessons for beginners and intermediate dancers 7:30 to 8:30 followed by social dancing until 10. £3 for Springhouse members £5 for non members
BATIAS Zero 5 Club
Meets every Tuesday 7pm – 9pm at Belhus Village Hall, South Ockendon. A social club for adults with learning disabilities, to do a variety of activities including discos, bingo, talent nights, themed parties, live entertainment, craft activities, puzzles and board games. contact BATIAS on 01375 389869. Web: www.batias.com.

Billet Lane Allotments (Stanford)
We have plots available for you to grow your own fresh fruits and vegetables. We would like to welcome you to our friendly site. Full plots are £22 per year and half plots £12. There is a £20 key deposit.
Please telephone George on 01375 642701 or contact Peter on 01375 675016
Brighter Horizons Bereavement Group
Meet on the 1st and 3rd Thurday of every month 10am-12pm at the Baptist Church, Premier Avenue, Grays, RM16 2SB. We arrange outings, lunches etc. Come and make new friends who know how you feel.
Email: brighterhorizonsgrays@hotmail.com or call 07935 329493.
British Sugarcraft Guild, Thurrock
Meet at Linford Village Hall, Lower Crescent, Linford, Essex, SS17 0QJ, from 1.30pm to 4pm on the second Saturday of each month. There is an annual subscription of £32 to the Guild and an entrance fee of £2.50 for branch members (£4 for other visitors) at each meeting. Anyone who is interested in icing techniques is very welcome; the venue is friendly with disabled access and toilet. Demonstrations on a wide range of cake decorating techniques. Branch Chairperson: Katy Ballanger. www.bsguk.org.
Branch Secretary: Claire Archer
Contact Tel: 01375 891991.
Email: bsgthurrock@gmail.com.

Bulphan WI 
meet at Bulphan Village Hall RM14 3RU 7.30pm to 10pm every secnd Wednesday of the month.
Find us on bulphanwi.weebly.com, Facebook at Bulphan Women’s Institute & Twitter @bulphanwi or contact Secretary Janet McCheyne on 07752836902

Chadwell Patchwork and Quilters
Meetings held every Thursday 10 to 12 noon in Chadwell St Mary Village Hall, Waterson Road, RM16 4NX. Beginners welcome. Tel: Pat on 07751827068.
Chadwell Watercolour Artists
We meet every Thursday afternoons 1.30 to 4pm in Chadwell St Mary Village Hall, Waterson Road, RM16 4NX. Beginners welcome. We meet on the first Tuesday of every calendar month. Call Pat on 07751827068.
Chaffords Voice Pop Choir
Chafford Hundred’s very own community pop choir is a fun group of local people open to all. There is no audition process – just come along and have fun singing pop songs from Ed Sheeran, and Katy Perry to old soul hits from the 70s and 80s.
We have members that are as young as 15 up to retirement. Perform regularly at local events and get to travel the country. www.chaffordsvoice.co.uk. For info call JB Rose 07930 473 872.
Chestnut Craft Guild aka Conker Club
We are a friendly group who share all types of handicrafts, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, patchwork, beading etc. We have been in existence over 20 years and shared many moments of laughter and sadness but our love of crafting is at the heart of our club.
We meet Thursdays 7.45 to 9.45pm at URC Hall, Bradleigh Ave, Grays. First visit free, then £2 inc refreshments and biscuits. Contact Carol 01375 378124 for more info.
Dixieliners Linedance Class
Chadwell St Mary Village Hall, Waterson Road. Thursdays Evenings 7pm till 9.30pm. First hour for beginners, contact Ann or Dave on 01375386679 or 07803081902.
East Thurrock Community?Association.
Hosts various clubs & activities such as TA LIA school of performing arts, Thurrock Chess Club, OAP bingo, keep fit and more. New clubs welcome. Call 01375400030.
Epilepsy Action coffee and chat group
Meets first Tuesday of month 10.30am – 12.30pm at Lakeside Shopping Centre food court (near Harper’s restaurant), also meets 3rd Tuesday of month in Basildon main library 11am -1pm ( book rest cafe).
Our friendly group helps people with epilepsy, family members and carers to meet informally. Tel Ruth 01268 478246 for information. www.epilepsy.org.uk.
EROS Club
The EROS Club is for early retired and over 60s and meets the third Tuesday of each month at Chadwell-St-Mary Village Hall, 3pm to 5pm. Meet new friends and enjoy quizzes, speakers, raffles etc. For more info ring June Glover on 01268 520906.

1st Horndon-on-the-Hill Scout Group
We provide fun, adventure and skills for life to young people aged six and over. Adult volunteers can join too and be part of the fun, adventure and acquire skills for life.
Beavers: Mondays 18:00 – 19:00
Cubs: Mondays 19:15 – 20:45
Scouts: Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00
For more information email: horndon@thurrockscouts.org.uk or visit www.thurrockscouts.org.uk

1st Stanford-le-Hope Scout Group
We provide fun, adventure and skills for life to young people aged six and over. Adult volunteers can join too and be part of the fun, adventure and acquire skills for life.
Beavers: Tuesdays 18:00 – 19:00
Cubs: Tuesdays 19:15 – 20:45
Scouts: Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00
For more information email: 1ststanford@thurrockscouts.org.uk or visit www.thurrockscouts.org.uk

1st Thors Oak Scout Group
We provide fun, adventure and skills for life to young people aged 6 and over. Adult volunteers can join too and be part of the fun, adventure and acquire skills for life.
Beavers: Thursdays 16:30 – 17:45
Cubs: Thursdays 18:00 – 20:00
Scouts: Thursdays 20:00 – 21:30
For more information email: thorsoak@thurrockscouts.org.uk or visit www.thurrockscouts.org.uk

Grangewaters Working Newfoundlers
Meeting regularly, a group of enthusiastic Newfoundland owners who train and work their dogs in water rescue disciplines. www.grangewatersworkingnewfoundlands.org.uk.

Grays afternoon Townswomen’s Guild.

Meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except August, at 1.30.p.m. at The Methodist Church Hall, Hathaway Road, Grays.  New members very welcome.

Grays Needles & Chat Knitting Group
If you love knitting, come and join us on every Monday evening 7pm until 9.30pm.
All levels very welcome. Knit, chat, laugh and enjoy. Belmont Village Hall, Parker Road, Grays, RM17 5YN
Call Susan on 0785 632 6819.
Grays Town Band
Community brass band, meets Monday evenings in Grays. Lessons on Thursdays, instruments can be made available. Experienced and new players welcome. Contact Claire 07813 338105.
Grays Youth Skills Provision
Ages 8-19 come along to learn bush craft, forest school and outdoor activities. Call Jeanette 07788 529505 for more info or visit www.forestschoolforall.co.uk. A free group in Grays for like-minded young people.
Huntington’s Disease Support Group
A group for those families affected by Huntington’s in Thurrock. Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 2-4pm at Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill St, Grays, RM16 2AP. Meetings are an informal chat over a cuppa and cake with other families affected by Huntington’s.
Friends of Blackshots
A community group working to improve the local area around Blackshots.
For information telephone 01375 374623
Kolley School of Irish Dance
Crooked Billet Function Hall Stanford-le-Hope. Welcomes any age, any ability and either gender. We are a fun and friendly competitive school for fun and also competition. Search us on Facebook The Kolley School of Irish Dance Email: Kendell-olley@hotmail.co.uk Phone: 07471 890608.
Looking Forward Bereavement Social group
Enjoy tea/coffee and a chat with our friendly group who have all experienced loss but wish to move on and look to the future.
We meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month from 10am to 12 noon at the Stifford Clays Social Club just behind the shops on Crammavill Street, RM16 2AP.
We also organise outings, lunches, theatre trips, etc. Warm welcome to new members. Tel: Frank on 01375 846088 or Allan on 07951 540 248. Email: lookingforwardgrays@gmail.com or just turn up.

MOSAIC – Thurrock’s Fun Choir

Mosaic is known as Thurrock’s Fun Choir and we are a choir defined by our fun loving and quality music making.  We sing songs from popular artists like Elton John, The Beatles, The Carpenters, Beach Boys through to medleys from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof and ABBA.

We’re available for any of your fund raising events and our programmes are varies and designed to get your feet tapping. Find us on Facebook or phone 01375 677581to pencil in a date.”

Meditation
Free drop-in classes on Meditation, Healing and Manifestation at TAA Resource Centre. 35, Clarence Road, Grays RM17 6QJ every Monday at 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm. Meditation is a non-religion specific, inner science of raising consciousness to improve every aspect of life. More on www.aumnow.com
North Stifford Dog Training
If you are based in the Thurrock area and would like to train your dog, take part in social events and walks; for adults and children. Tel: 01375847083. KC Listed. Puppy socialising, basic through to advanced training including Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme. Group and 1 -to-1 training. Email: jan.highmeadow@virgin.net or alicia@aliciasdogtraining.co.uk Tel: 07976 302940. Web: www.aliciasdogtraining.co.uk.
Plates with Mates
Lunch club for isolated people who would like meet new friends. Filled jacket potato, with salad, or soup and a roll with dessert with custard, tea/coffee with cake. £3. Essential to book your place. Monday, Thursday and Fridays 12.30-3pm various venues. Contact Sue on 07802547512.
Pole Position Nordic Walking
Fun Nordic walking group. Tuesday 6pm from Thurrock Rugby Club car park. ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ courses also available. Tel: Liz on 07906201891 Email: polepositionnordicwalking@hotmail.co.uk.
NASS (National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society. South Essex Branch.
Meets Mondays at Basildon Hospital for use of hydrotherapy pool and gym.?Expert help on hand. Call Jo Rowell 07811 188979 (email jo_rowell@hotmail.com) or Paul?Bacon 01277 374673.
Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside
Meets at The Springhouse Club, Springhouse Road, Corringham every Thursday evening, 7pm for 7.30. For further information contact Bill Coleman on 07973 403504.
Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock
Largest Rotary Club in Thurrock (est 1930). Meets Thursday lunchtimes 12.45 at Orsett Hall Hotel.
www.graysthurrockrotary.org.uk.
Rotary Club of Mar Dyke Valley.
Meets Langdon Hills Golf Club,?Wednesday 7pm to 7.30pm. http://rotary-ribi.org/ clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=1419.
Rotary Club of Stanford & Corringham.
Meets Tuesday, alternative evening and lunchtimes at Langdon Hills Golf Club. www.rotary-sandc.org.uk.
Stanford-le-Hope and District U3A
Meets on the second Thursday of the month at “The Springhouse Sports and Leisure Club”, Corringham, from 2 to 4pm. We welcome those over 50, retired or semi-retired, to meet old and new friends for a chat and join one of our 27 interest groups. Please visit our website. http://u3asites.org.uk/slh
Senior Citizens Organisation of Thurrock (SCOOT Club)
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 10.30pm at Tilbury Community Centre. Speakers, dancing, outings, holidays, socials, dinners, buffets and much more.Welcome anyone over 60 or both partners where one is over 60. If you wish to come as a guest to see whether the SCOOT Club is ‘right for you’ or to find out more about us, call Secretary Mrs Brenda Wiggins on 07798 941691 or 01375 384841. Email: brendalilianw100@aol.com.
Socialeyes
A club for people with visual or hearing impairments and their families. Club meets at 12.30 to 2.30pm on Wednesdays in the Hall at Frederick Andrews Court Sheltered Housing Complex, Silverlock Road, Grays. No disabled toilet available. Partners, husbands, daughters, sons etc are welcome with a club member and join in. Due to the time we now take a packed lunch.
Contact Julie Stone 07914812985.
South Ockendon Tops Club
Meets every Tuesday noon to3pm weekly at Daiglen Drive Village Hall. Make new friends and have lots of fun in a relaxed environment. All ages. Bingo, raffles, teas, coffee food etc. You will be made very welcome.
South East Essex Dolls House Club
Meetings held on third Tuesday most months at the church hall of Our Lady and St Joseph, Scratton Road, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0PF at 7.30pm. For info contact either Kay (Chairperson) 01375 675527 email ghoward283@aol.com, or Sylvia (Secretary) 01375 403424.
St John Fellowship
For present or retired members of St John Ambulance. Meet the first Wednesday every month at 2pm. For info call Dennis Parker on 01375 373479.
Sutherland Pipes and Drums
A voluntary band club that consists of Highland Bag Pipes and Drums who practice at Corringham Hall in Springhouse Road on Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm. Email: sutherlandpipesanddrums@hotmail.co.uk. Contact: Band Secretary, 20 Pembroke Ave, Corringham, SS17 7PN. tel: 07758 005691. Web: www.sutherlandpipesanddrums.co.uk
Thurrock Astronomy Society
Meet 1st Wednesday of the month Horndon on the Hill Methodist Hall.
Email thurrockastrosociety@btinternet.com. Web www.thurrockastronomy.com
Thurrock Ramblers
Web: Thurrockramblers.org.uk
The group walk every Sunday check our website for details.New Members welcome
Thurrock Parkinson’s Support Group
Meet every first Thursday of the month at Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavill Street, RM16 2UT, from 10am – 12 noon.
An opportunity to meet friends for tea, coffee and a chat and to get all the information and help you may need. Guest speakers and outings. For info call 01375 675547.
Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club.
The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the 1st Grays Scout HQ, Cromwell Road, Grays. For further details please visit our website: www.taarc.co.uk or email the secretary: acorns@taarc.co.uk.
Thurrock Antiques & Collectors Club
Meetings held monthly at 7.30pm on the 1st Wednesday of every calendar month at Stanley Lazell Memorial Hall, Dell Road, Grays, RM17 5JZ. We welcome visitors. Entrance fee £3 (£5 for Celebrity Speakers) New members £12 per annum. Contact: 01375 643556. Email: bribill@hotmail.com.
Thurrock Astronomy Society
Horndon Methodist Hall first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.
Email: thurrockastrosociety@btinternet.com. Web: www.thurrockastronomy.com.
Thurrock & Basildon Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
Hosts a day centre every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 3pm at the “Aged Persons’ Complex” Lansbury Gardens, Tilbury, Essex RM18 7RU. It is a friendly, informal gathering with chat and games available. Members can do craftwork if they desire. Contact Darren on 01375 843887
Thurrock Art Society
Meet at St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall in Grays, RM17 6LL. We meet every Friday evening apart from the last Friday in every month from 7-9pm. Email for contact is thurrockartsociety@gmail.com. Our website is www.thurrockartsociety.btck.co.uk
Thurrock Camera Club
Email: thurrockcameraclub@hotmail.co.uk  Website: http://www.thurrockcameraclub.co.uk.

New members welcome.
Thurrock Chess Club
All ages and abilities, non players welcome, coaching available. Tuesday nights @ East Thurrock Community Association in Stanford-le-Hope and Wednesdays @ St. Thomas of Canterbury Church Hall in Grays. First night free then £1 a night after.
Email: chessinthurrock@gmail.com
Tel: 07872611738.
Thurrock Council.
New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL
TEL: 01375 652 652.
Thurrock Choral Society
We meet on most Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Thameside Primary School, Manor Road, Grays. No audition. Not necessary to be able to read music. For info call 01375 377640.
Thameside Family History Group
Meetings held 1st Wednesday of the month (during terms. Open 7.15pm. Contact 01375 381643.
Thurrock Forget Me Nots
We are a small local charity, offering relief and assistance to people in need, in or around the Thurrock area, who have dementia, including their carers and families, by supplying them with a regular place to meet, socialise and reminisce. We run a weekly reminisce/social group at Headon Hall on Thursday morning. Please bring your carer.
A movers and talkers club (gentle keep fit with a cuppa) at Welcome Club S-L-H on Friday 12-2. Tea dance (with live singers), six times a year. For more info call Margaret 07845939612 or Graham 07792569710.
Thurrock Golden Voices Over 50s Choir
Meeting at the Beehive, Grays, Grays 6..30-8.30 every Friday during school term. Men and Women if you enjoy singing come and join us you will be assured of a warm welcome. Free trial session, no auditions needed. We are a fun group. For more info watch www.thurrockgoldenvoices.com.
Thurrock Lions
Meetings held 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 8pm at Stifford Clays Social Club, Crammavil Street, Grays. Come along and help fundraise for the community. New members over 18 welcome.
Email: secretary@thurrocklions.org.uk.
Thurrock Local History Society
Meetings on third Friday of the month Sept-May. Summer outings. Enjoy history in a lively and friendly atmosphere. Email: secretary@thurrock-history.org.uk.
Thurrock Marquetry Group
Learn the art of marquetry. Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm, Tilbury Community Centre. Contact Dennis on 01375 676216
Thurrock Male Voice Choir
Rehearsals every Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Hathaway Road in Grays RM17 5LL. New members always welcome, no audition required. Enquiries: Peter Brainwood 01375 643482.
Thurrock Probus Club
Probus is a group of retired men who meet at Langdon Hills Golf Club on the fourth Thursday of the month at 12:30pm. Lunches, speakers, outing and chats, ladies are invited twice yearly. Call Trevor on 01375 380296 for details. Come as a guest.
Thurrock Model Railway Club
Club nights twice a month in Stanford-le-Hope and mainly deal in ‘OO’ and N gauge. Tel or Email for further details and information. Secretary: Peter Watson. Tel: 01375 678265 Email: tmrc@live.co.uk.
Thurrock Spectrum Brass
Welcomes new players and beginners. Instruments can be provided. Secretary is: Mrs Rosemary Mann, 28 Malting Lane, Orsett.
Tel: 01375 891653.
Thurrock Stroke Club
Meet every other Tuesday from 2-4pm at Tyrrell’s Hall Club, 67 Dock Road, Grays RM17 6EY. An opportunity to socialise and meet friends, we also use this meeting to discuss and organise group outings and other social events. New members very welcome. Contact: Beryl Langman on 01375 370909.
Thurrock Stroke Project.
For any stroke survivors and carers in Thurrock to come and meet every Monday at the Civic Hall, Blackshots, 2-4pm each Monday. Enjoy a cuppa and cake, have a natter to other stroke survivors, play games and join us on outings to the seaside, theatre and much more. Contact Graham Tidman for more information on 07764 245327.
Thurrock LBGT+.
We are a group within Thurrock, supported by Thurrock CVS. Meetings are held every month, at the Beehive centre in Grays., Mainly on a Wednesday. Film nights are held at least once a month at the Thameside Theatre, Grays.
For information lbgtthurrock@yahoo.com
Thurrock University of Third Age (U3A)
Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward. Meetings, when there is usually a speaker, are held on the last Wednesday of the month at the Civic Hall 10-12. www.u3asites.org.uk/thurrock.
Thurrock Healthy Walks
Free Health Walks in Thurrock.
Volunteer walk leaders also required.
Tel Liz on 07906201891.
Thurrock Writers’ Circle
Meetings every other Wednesday between 7.30 and 9.30pm at the Hugh Delargy Complex in Chadwell St. Mary. New members always welcome. See our website www.thurrockwriterscircle.weebly.com for details.

THURROCK U3A 

U3A is an organisation world wide which aims to open up possibilities both social and intellectual for peple over 50.  Thurrock U3A now has 500 Members and 34 activity groups ranging from Craft and Tai Chi to  French and German, from Scrabble and Gardening to Family History and Ukuele. Groups meet during the month at various times and venues.

We all meet together at the Civic Hall on the last Wednesday of each month.

Tilbury Wednesday Club
A voluntary group operating since 1982 for adults with learning disabilities & providing a range of social & community activities on Wednesday nights, 7-9pm & based at TRACS Centre by Tilbury Ferry Car Park.
New members welcome. For more details contact aharmer64@gmail.com

West Tilbury WI
At West Tilbury Village Hall, 7pm to 9.30 pm. Our members enjoy speakers, outings and socialising. We welcome new members. Email: westtilburywi@yahoo.com
Tel: Joanne on 07964534406.

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