The new Mayor of Southend â€“ Councillor Ann Holland â€“ has revealed the good causes she is
raising funds for whilst in office.
During today's lunchtime launch at Porters (19 May) â€“ the Mayor's official residence in
Southchurch Road â€“ Cllr Holland announced that the Southend Mayor's Charity 2010/11 is supporting
Stroke, Disability and the Arts.
Artists' impression of the new chapel - due to be completed by end of 2010
A redundant chapel at Southend's North Road cemetery has won a vibrant new lease of life thanks to
almost Â£1m of Government funding.
The grant, administered by the Big Lottery Fund, will be used to transform the dilapidated building
into a dynamic new community resource.
A landlord from Southend has been prosecuted, after leaving his tenants for ten months with no
heating, hot water or downstairs lighting.
Southend Magistrates fined Mr John Squires, of South Crescent Â£2,000, ordered him to pay Â£1,010
costs and a Â£15 victim surcharge, after he admitted failing to repair a defective heating and
water system in his property at Dolphins, Westcliff.
It's been revealed that Southend's iconic Cliff Lift will return to action this summer.
The carriage for the funicular will be reinstalled on Tuesday (23rd March) as the restoration works
near completion. It was closed in 2003 due to technical problems. Since that date, regulations
governing its operation have changed, requiring modifications before it could reopen.
It's a subject often stigmatised, it's incredibly difficult to talk about and both women and MEN
can become a victim. Now, a major campaign, aiming to highlight the help available for those at
risk of domestic abuse in Southend and surrounding areas, is being launched.
All this week, members of Southend Domestic Abuse Forum â€“ which represents a range of
agencies in the borough â€“ will be in the foyer of Southend Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue,
Southend, to give out information on domestic abuse and offer details of the services in Southend
that respond to this.
You can now watch top class basketball in Southend thanks to the introduction of a new team - the
The professional outfit has joined the British Basketball League and the team competed in its first
ever game on Saturday (3rd), beating PAWS London Capital by 61 points to 60 in an extremely
tight affair at Garons Park.
A large scale multicultural festival kicks off in Southend this weekend, bringing together a
wide range of people from many backgrounds, through art, theatre, talks and music.
'Going Out of The Box' is a joint initiative by the council and local education groups. It
coincides with the nationwide Black History Month - aimed to promote knowledge, discussion
and experience of different cultures.
More than 25 local art groups and societies are making last minute preparations before taking part
in a big open day at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff on Sunday (6th).
It's a chance to have a chat with representatives of various drama, music, poetry, photography,
visual arts and craft groups and find out more about what they do in the Southend area.
Swimming is over-rated. But walking on water isn't. And if you're not Jesus - (and let's face it,
who is these days), two pools in the Southend area are giving you the chance to do just that.
Water Walkerz - transparent inflatable balls - which act as watertight bubbles, are being
introduced at Warrior Swim Centre, Southend and Belfairs Swim Centre in Leigh, allowing
participants to walk or run across swimming pools without getting wet.
Staffordshire police haveÂ launched an investigation into an incident last Wednesday that saw
several Port Vale players besmirch and defile the flora at Hanley Central Forest Park while out on
a pre-season yomp.
A park warden happened upon a group of the players urinating in the bushes and contacted his
superiors at the local council, who in turn contacted the police, who in turn contacted Port Vale
to inform them that they intended to look into the incredibly grievous matter.
Tottenham's proposed new Northumberland Park stadium sanctuary from the poor
A key pledge in Spurs' original deal with Haringey Council to build a new stadium in Tottenham
has been torn up after the both parties agreed to abandon a promise by the club to invest around
Â£16million in the local community, much of which was badly hit by this year's riots.
Ryan Giggs will be honoured with the freedom of the city of Salford today.
"Ryan is a role model to young people and a proud ambassador of the city," said
councillor John Warmisham. "He is the ideal candidate for freedom of the city. He does
tremendous work for Unicef in relation to children and other charities and has never forgotten his
A Southend site thought to be one of the earliest Christian burial grounds in the country, is to be
turned into a open space for the public to enjoy.
Archaelogists from the Museum of London unearthed the Saxon chamber back in 2003 at Priory
Crescent, on the edge of Priory Park - finding a bounty of artefacts including gold
crosses, gold buckles and blue glass vessels.
I am going to try to have a daily synopsis on important football matters that happen on the
continent or globally. I will write a brief synopsis with a link to the original story. I will only
post or comment on each article if i have an opinion that is relevant and informative.