What to do this weekend: Top 10 events on in south Essex

Braintree and Witham Times: REALITY: Mario Falcone

12:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

Need something to do with the family? Fancy watching some music and sipping beer in the sunshine? We've gathered together a host of events going on this weekend in south Essex. 

Southend named as one of the most expensive places to stay

Braintree and Witham Times: Crowds rush back to Southend-on-sun

11:04am Friday 1st August 2014

SOUTHEND has been named as one of the most expensive places to holiday in the UK, according to a bookings website.

Our candles are in memory of heroes of the Great War

Braintree and Witham Times:

11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

MANY people light a candle to remember a loved one, but two women have gone one step further to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Burst water main in Laindon

Braintree and Witham Times: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

11:25am Friday 1st August 2014

HOMES have been left without water after a six inch main burst in the early hours of the morning.

Overwhelmed! Our joy at £25k to buy drug treatment for Reece

Braintree and Witham Times: Tom Bowdidge with his head of hair

10:51am Friday 1st August 2014

A STAGGERING £25,000 has been raised in a month-and-a-half to help a 21-year-old man who is suffering from two brain tumours.

'Lights Out' in Coalhouse Fort

Braintree and Witham Times: £1million could be spent at Coalhouse Fort in the next few years

11:14am Friday 1st August 2014

EAST Tilbury will remember those who fell in the First World War in a service to commemorate Britain’s entry into the conflict.

Rayleigh's rubbish collection goes to help charities

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:00am Friday 1st August 2014

CHARITIES in Rayleigh have been cleaning up, thanks to a new cash for trash initiative.

"Lights go out" on shopping for anniversary of war

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:00am Friday 1st August 2014

SHOPPING will pause briefly at Lakeside on Monday to commemorate the beginning of one of the most destructive wars in history.

Grant rushes to the aid of woman who collapsed by road

Braintree and Witham Times:

9:30am Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN came to the aid of a young woman after he spotted her collapsed at the side of a busy road.

Rochford Tories accused of 'gagging' their rivals

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

OPPOSITION councillors have blasted a decision taken by Tories in Rochford to ban them from calling in cabinet decisions.

Yorkie flees Corringham and is found in Croydon!

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A RUNAWAY terrier who went missing for two weeks has been reunited with his family in Corringham... after being found in Croydon.

William loving West End role

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A TEENAGE actor from Chelmsford who is taking the West End world by storm has just landed his biggest gig yet, staring alongside Hollywood star Martin Freeman.

Stop the closure of Tarpots bank branch

Braintree and Witham Times:

8:00am Friday 1st August 2014

ANGRY councillors have started a petition to save a high street bank branch from closure.

Southend Pier's the backdrop for new stamp set

Braintree and Witham Times: Pair stuck in mud under Southend Pier

7:00am Friday 1st August 2014

SOUTHEND Pier is to feature in a new set of stamps released by the Royal Mail.

‘Desperate’ charity conman is jailed

Braintree and Witham Times:

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A “DESPERATE” formerly homeless man protested as he was sent to prison for conning people out of cash by claiming he was collecting for charity.

Four hospital experts' £1m NHS con

Braintree and Witham Times: Basildon Hospital is ordering its security staff to issue the £40 fines in a bid to stop people parking inconsiderately.

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A SPECIALIST heart consultant and three of his staff have been found guilty of charging Basildon Hospital £1million for work they never carried out.

Thunderstorms expected in Canvey this weekend

Braintree and Witham Times: Tom Defty

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

RESIDENTS can expect thunderstorms and sunshine as the mixed weather continues.

Woman 'killed by jealous ex-partner'

Braintree and Witham Times: In a coma - Leanne Meecham was stabbed in her home in Park Street, Westcliff

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A YOUNG woman was stabbed in the throat after telling her jealous ex-boyfriend she was seeing someone else, a court has heard.

UPDATED: Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street line trains delayed after person hit at Romford

Braintree and Witham Times: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

5:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

TRAINS in and out of London Liverpool Street are delayed after a person was hit by a train at Romford. 

New hope for Old Leigh Regatta weekend?

Braintree and Witham Times:

7:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A COMMUNITY event could be salvaged from the ashes of Old Leigh Regatta after Leigh Lions Club stepped in.

Taco Bell set for city centre

Braintree and Witham Times:

5:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A FAST food restaurant, usually found on the streets of America, is set to open on Moulsham Street.

Wonder Whitlock wins his THIRD gold medal of Commonwealth Games

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

MAX Whitlock won his THIRD gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men's floor champion in Glasgow.

Latest round of fire strikes announced

Braintree and Witham Times: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

4:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are to hold their latest series of strikes over pension reforms.

Gift card giveaway for first customers to new TK Maxx

Braintree and Witham Times: COMPETITION: Win £100 to spend at Kidderminster TK Maxx

4:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

LUCKY customers are in with a chance of winning gift cards when a new store opens in Basildon.

Success story of pupil reading team

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

BUSINESSES have been praised for giving up their time to help children get into reading.

Pharmacy open for business

Braintree and Witham Times:

4:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A NEW-LOOK pharmacy has opened in Billericay.

Mum organises a seawall stroll in aid of Summer, five

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A YOUNG mum has raised £780 for a fiveyear- old girl suffering with cancer.

Ambulance service failing target

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:26pm Thursday 31st July 2014

AMBULANCES in Essex are failing to get to some of the most critical patients on time, according to figures.

LIVE: Aveley inquiry comes to a close

Braintree and Witham Times: CHAMBER TALKS: Parents meet councillors and officials in the council chamber

3:42pm Thursday 31st July 2014

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Boxer becomes one of UK's youngest barristers

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A BOXER from Grays has become one of the youngest people in the country to qualify as a barrister – after a spell of work experience scared him straight.

Tracy and pals make pier walk for Danny's fund

Braintree and Witham Times:

3:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FIVE friends completed a 25-mile walk from Canvey to Southend Pier and back to raise money for charity.

Hospital staff get their just rewards

Braintree and Witham Times:

2:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FRONTLINE hospital staff have been awarded for acts of kindness.

Woman interviewed over Primark ring theft

Braintree and Witham Times: Static HTML image

1:58pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A WOMAN wanted by police in connection with the theft of a wedding ring at Lakeside has been identified.

Tattooist arrested on suspicion of online harassment: Conspiracy theorist Chris Spivey claimed Lee Rigby death was a hoax

Braintree and Witham Times: TRIBUTES: Lee Rigby

1:35pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A BLOGGER who claimed online that the murder of soldier Lee Rigby had been a hoax has been arrested on suspicion of harassment.

Cariads host charity night

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:31pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A CHARITY 70’s night hosted by Thurrock organisation Cariads helped to raise funds that will continue to support local carers.

Southend’s own Skywalker can’t use her Jedi powers on passport office evil empire

Braintree and Witham Times: Speculation is growing that original trio could make a return

1:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A WOMAN who changed her middle name by deed poll to “Skywalker” as a joke has been told by the Home Office she cannot change her name on her passport.

Great Scott! It's a graffiti masterpiece

Braintree and Witham Times:

1:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A TALENTED graffiti artist has transformed part of a children’s hospice with a stunning jungle scene.

Guns taken during burglary

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:54pm Thursday 31st July 2014

GUNS have been stolen from a house on Canvey.

Vehicle checks at Boreham services

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

ESSEX police issued fines and a seized a Range Rover as part of a vehicle check exercise earlier this week at Boreham services.

£10,000 donation for Reece

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:57pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A FOUNDATION has announced it is giving £10,000 to a young man with two brain tumours who is fighting to stay alive.

Generous George buys pals first aid course

Braintree and Witham Times:

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

GENEROUS schoolboy George Sutton has come up with a lifesaving way to spend £200 he won as part of an award– he’s sending 29 of his classmates on a first aid course.

New deals for meals on wheels

Braintree and Witham Times: Barbara Rice

12:24pm Thursday 31st July 2014

MEALS on wheels will now cost taxpayers £2.70 a meal after the council negotiated a new deal with providers.

Update: Police investigating attempted murder, raid homes across Basildon

Braintree and Witham Times: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

11:24am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Metropolitan Police’s flying squad arrested three people on suspicion of attempted murder and armed robbery during a dawn raid in Basildon.

Mugged Marie's search for have a go heroes

Braintree and Witham Times:

11:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

A WOMAN who was mugged while on her mobility scooter is trying to find the have-a-go heroes who ran to her aid.

Charity's heartache as raiders strike for third time in year

Braintree and Witham Times:

11:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

A CHARITY is counting the cost after being hit by burglars for the third time in a year.

140 affordable homes for borough

Braintree and Witham Times: Barratt says the UK housing market is improving and has seen homebuyers queue up for its properties

10:59am Thursday 31st July 2014

MILLIONS of pounds have been secured by the council to build 140 affordable rental homes.

Shoppers' fury over Southend street auction con

Braintree and Witham Times: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

10:58am Thursday 31st July 2014

ANGRY shoppers surrounded a town centre store to demand their money back after being caught out at a speed auction.

Travellers move off illegal pitch

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:35am Thursday 31st July 2014

TRAVELLERS have moved off an illegal pitch in Basildon

Traveller in car hits woman councillor

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:15am Thursday 31st July 2014

A COUNCILLOR was hit by a car after she formed a human shield with two colleagues to try to stop a convoy of travellers getting on to a disused car park.

Suicide may have been over debts

Braintree and Witham Times:

10:11am Thursday 31st July 2014

A MAN who died when his car was engulfed in flames in Seevic College’s car park may have killed himself over debts, an inquest heard.

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