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 Press Release: Aveley Christmas Market 2017 - Sunday 10th December 12pm 

It is with sadness and regret that Aveley Village Community Forum, have had to cancel this year's Christmas Market. We too had hoped that the snow, would of added to the atmosphere of the market, however the stall providers could not guarantee, because of forecasted weather that they could return in time to collect and clear the road of stalls in time for the road to be re-opened. 

Therefore, at around 8:30am the decision was made to cancel the market because of the following:

1) Weather conditions at the time and with the forecast not improving over the day.

2)  The stall providers could not guarantee that the stalls would be collected on time for the road to be reopen, if the weather conditions did not improve. Therefore, we could not guarantee reopening the high street at the stipulated road closure notice. We did not want to cause any further inconvenience to the community. Which I am sure you all will understand this.  

It is the first time in the history of the Aveley Christmas Market that this action has been taken and it was a difficult decision by all and we had to work with the information available and regulations regarding the road closure and we are just as disappointed as the rest of the community are. Especially in light of the time and effort that we had invested in arranging the event over the last year. 

 Christmas Market Committee.  


 Aveley Christmas Market 2016 

 Christmas would not be Christmas for the people of Aveley if Aveley Village Community Forum did not hold its Annual Christmas Market in Aveley High Street.

Despite recent funding issues a generous donation from the Aker Foundation has allowed us to announce that Aveley Christmas Market will be happening this year!

It will take place on Sunday 11th December 2016 from 11am until 3pm in Aveley High Street.

With High Street full of stalls and displays there will be something for everyone. Even Father Christmas has confirmed that he will be here!

So why not make sure it is in your diary!

There are still spaces available for those that wish to book a stall or advertise in this year’s Christmas Programme, if you are interested please contact Alex Day at info@aveleycf.org.uk to get further details.






Aveley Village Community Forum Ltd
Working Hand In Hand with Our Village

New Funding for The Forum

Aveley Village Community Forum is celebrating grants totalling £145,000 from the Aveley Youth Facilities Fund held by Thurrock Council. They say a week is a long time in politics but this is the culmination of 10 years work by Aveley residents to improve youth facilities in the village.

The original grant was made in 2001 and it had been held by the council to contribute towards a new community centre first proposed by the Forum in 2005. This plan was put into the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s Master plan and into the council’s Local Development Framework. 

In 2010 we put a proposal to Thurrock Council to use this money if the new centre did not go ahead and initially £70,000 was released to the forum as match funding for the Big Lottery grant that enabled us to open the Aveley Youth & Community Centre.

In February this year we worked with Thurrock Council to find ways of using the remainder of the grant. We obviously hoped to get as much as possible to help the Aveley Youth & Community Centre continue into the future. It is an important part of village live having had nearly 15,000 uses of the building in the last 12 months and a Youth Centre membership of over 250.

We became aware in June that some people had different aspirations and wanted some of the money spent on different projects and we were able to come to a compromise agreement.

We would like to thank Thurrock Council for their continued and previous support for our project and the leaders of both Labour and Conservative parties and UKIP for their active support to bring negotiations to a satisfactory head. We would also like to thank those councillors, past and present, who have worked with the forum over the years to get this result.

The funding will be used partly to provide additional coaching and outdoor activities with the major portion being used to support further fundraising to keep the centre running for another 4 years. We haven’t forgotten the future community centre. It is still planned and we will still work with all our partners to bring it about as soon as we can.

Now for the next 10 years.

Aveley Village Community Forum Committee 

Non Stop Fun

 Oh What A Week: Early June in Twenty Twelve (apologies to Frankie Valli) When Aveley parties it parties hearty. It all started on Monday 4th June with Aveley’s Jubilee Street Party. Around 2,000 people turned up and we fed nearly 1,000 villagers with burgers, hot dogs, party food and wonderful Union Flag Cakes made by local resident, Ann Tomnay. In addition to the free rides and entertainers Aveley’s Got Talent came back with a bang and for over two hours we were royally entertained by the skills and talents of Aveley’s young people.

The Forum took Tuesday as a day off but then we were back with our Football Funday. A team from a Barking youth club came along to challenge the Forum’s own teams to friendly matches. The girls’ team won 5-1 and the boys 8-4. But our visitors were not too unhappy as the games were followed by a superb buffet and an awards ceremony.

But the fun did not stop there. On Thursday we held our Diamond Jubilee Lunch. Over 100 people shared in a knife and fork buffet and toasted Her Majesty in style 

All these events were free thanks to funding from Awards for All, Thurrock Council’s CVS Community Fund and the Co-operative Membership Fund.

And the fun goes on. In July we are holding Aveley’s first Summer Ball for young people between the ages of 14 & 18 who live in Aveley or attend Ormiston Park Academy and on Saturday 28th we are back in the Recreation Ground with Aveley’s Games celebrating the Olympics. 


 On Thursday 17th May, Aveley Village Community Forum held its first ever Jobs & Careers Fair at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre. Exhibitors included local colleges, trainers, employers and the Volunteer Centre who provided a wide range of options for attendees to consider. Over 30 people attended but the highlight of the day was the presentation of achievement awards to some of the young people who took part in our recent Jump Start course.

 The 10 week course, which was joint funded by Aveley Village Community Forum and Thurrock Council, included work skills training, community work and personal development. Already 2 of the 7 participants have started full time work with another about to join the Army. With job applications going out and a new chance to go to college we see a new future for all who took part.



The three young people who received their awards at the Jobs Fair were (L-R) Bradley Hillyer, Emma Norman and Hayley Steers.

 The Forum is planning to build on the success of both the Jump Start Course and the Jobs Fair with more events and programmes to help people to take that next step in life. 


On Thursday 17th May, Aveley Village Community Forum is holding its first ever Jobs & Careers Fair at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre. Open from 11am to 3pm a wide range of Employers, Trainers and Education Centres will be on site to offer advice and information for people of all ages looking to make a new step forward in life. It will be open to anyone. There’s no need to book, just turn up. At 1pm there will be and awards ceremony recognising the achievements of the young people who have just completed our Jump Start course. 

Progress, Development & Fresh Ideas in Aveley 

Aveley Village Community Forum is celebrating a £50,000 grant from the Tudor Trust. The two year grant will let the forum expand its work with young people. Forum Chair, Alan Field, said “The Tudor Trust grant has given us a great opportunity to work with older young people, especially those who have left school and have not taken up any further education or got a job. We are using the grant to move two of our youth workers, Bal & Jade, from part time to full time. They will now be able to guide and support our young people and help them to make the most of their lives. Our current Youth Centre activities will continue as usual but our workers will now be able to get out and about during the day as well as running specialised training programmes. With all the publicity about our NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people and their needs, it is wonderful to finally be able to do something to help change their lives. The Tudor Trust has a strong base in “Encouraging progress, development and fresh ideas” which nicely fits into what we are trying to achieve in Aveley” 

The first programme AVCF will be running (in partnership with Thurrock Council’s Connexions Service) is a free 10 week training programme for 10 local young people. This will include work skills training, community work, personal development and other activities designed to help them back into training or into a job. The programme starts on 20thFebruary and if you are interested in taking part please ring Aveley Youth & Community Centre on 01708 862001.   

Not Just For Kids


While it’s true we have an awful lot of kids using the Aveley Youth & Community Centre (the kids aren’t awful it’s just there are a lot of them, over 180 at last count!) we do cater for all ages. Friday 13th saw the start of our new arts and crafts club. Running every Friday between 10am and 12 noon, people can get together and share a whole range of craft activities, have a cup of tea and a biscuit, meet new people and maybe learn a new skill. The only thing we haven’t got is a name but we’re working on it.  Membership is free as is the tea & coffee and we provide some basic materials. Of course please don’t forget out High Tea and Tai Chi sessions.

Aveley Village Kicks Off Christmas


Aveley Village Community Forum has started the 2011 Christmas Celebrations in a big way. 

Friday 25th November saw the official Lighting Up of The Village. Crowds of people turned up to see the lights turned on and joining in singing of Christmas Carols led by pupils of the Aveley Primary School. This was followed by Hot Chocolate & Mince Pies in the Aveley Youth & Community Centre. The Forum would like to extend its thanks to the local businesses who donated to the cost of the lights. Without their support there would have been no lights for the first time in many years. 

 Readers will have already heard about our increasingly successful High Tea each month. This month we held our first Christmas Dinner. This proved to be so popular we had to move to the Aveley Public Hall to hold everyone. 85 local residents joined together to celebrate with a traditional Christmas menu. Our volunteer chef, John Livermore from the Whitmore Arms, Orsett, brought a team from work and some friends to cook and serve a most magnificent meal. Revellers were also entertained at table by Paul Clancy, a local magician, who managed to confound all of us. The regular High Tea will be back at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre on Thursday 5th January. The Forum would like to thank all those who gave their time to make this event so successful including the Aveley Public Hall who made us so welcome and took care of most of the washing up! (photo attached)

   High Tea

It was party time at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre on Thursday 4th August as local residents joined in the Forum’s first High Tea. There were cakes and scones and trifles aplenty all to be washed down with a proper cup of tea. Around 25 people shared in the hearty fare prepared by John Livermore who, when not volunteering at the Forum, is chef at The Whitmore Arms.

Aveley Village Community Forum will be continuing the monthly get-togethers on the first Thursday of each month. The next time will be Thursday 1stSeptember from 2pm to 3.30. 

To find out more about our High Tea or any of our other activities, please feel free to pop in or ring us on 01708 862001.

  Celebrating 10 Years

Saturday 20th August saw the Forum celebrate in style 10 years of working in the Village. From its formation as the Aveley Residents’ Group, through to Aveley Village Community Forum and on to its current incarnation as a registered charity.

The day started at 1pm with the launch of our HERO campaign. We want to raise the £2.9 million we need to bring about the long awaited Intergenerational Community Centre. So we have written to around 250 movers and shakers in society to ask if they know who could be our HERO and help find this money.Royal Mail made a special collection to wing our letters on their way. Thurrock’s Mayor, Cllr Charlie Curtis helped Forum Chair, Alan Field hand over the letters. Now all we have to do is wait!!


The Centre was decked out with displays depicting both the present and the past and there was a superb buffet on hand to refresh our visitors. But no anniversary can be properly marked without a cake and cake there was. Alan Field, Beryl Davies and Alex Day supervised while Dot Gore and Brenda Marrow wielded the knife.


The Mayor kept busy and challenged members of the Youth Centre to a table tennis match. Funny but no-one can remember who won!

The day finished with the first official football match sponsored by a grant from the Football Foundation. This grant will help us set up new football teams including a girls team. Although it started to pour with rain, the sun soon came back out and we were able to play a friendly with another team from Barking.

Are You Up 4 a Challenge?

Aveley Village Community Forum is launching a new Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme based at its Youth & Community Centre in Aveley’s High Street.

 Open to young people aged 14 and over the Award Scheme has 4 sections which include: Volunteering, Skills, Physical skills and an Expedition. There is also a residential section for those going for Gold!

 The group meets every Monday from 5.30 to 6.30pm so if you are interested why not come along and see what it is all about.

 You can get more details from Lorraine Parry, who is leading the project, on 0785 143 0912.

 This project is just one on the new events and programmes running at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre. To find out more why not pop in and see us

AVCF open the new Youth & Community Centre

It took nearly ten years but Aveley Village Community Forum has made good its promise to set up a Youth & Community Centre in the Village.

 The Forum, helped by a Big Lottery Grant, has taken over the Old Thurrock Workshop at 108 High Street and has completely refurbished and converted it into a centre the Village can be proud of. The Centre opened its doors to the public on Monday with a programme of activities for young people run by the Forum’s own Youth Worker Team in the Youth Centre.

 The Community Centre is building its own programme with a Monday morning Toy Library starting next week and Thurrock’s Play Rangers have already booked space. Other groups have also booked provisional slots in the timetable. However there is still room for other groups and organisations to set up and run their own activities. So if you are a local group looking for space or an organisation that would like to provide a service right where the community lives, then please get in touch.

 The Centre also provides internet access and gives information and advice from the Information Centre at the front of the building. Local groups can also get advice on setting up, funding or other issues from Forum staff.

 Alan Field, Chair of AVCF said “It’s been a long struggle but now it’s very uplifting to see the first phase of the Youth & Community facilities come into being. AVCF have, as a group of unpaid volunteers, achieved a major improvement in the opportunities, support and activities that can now be used by any Aveley resident.

 We hope as many people as possible will use the facilities and that those who do will think about supporting AVCF in this and future ventures.

 I add my personal thanks to everyone who has helped us over the years and especially to those who have been part of the forum from the beginning.” 

  Aveley Village Community Forum Ltd
Working Hand In Hand with Our Village



And so it begins. 

Aveley Village Community Forum have wasted no time in putting the Reaching Communities Lottery Grant to work and have appointed their first full time member of staff. Ray Munro-Crump has taken on the role of Project Manager. Ray, who comes from Brentwood, is seen here with the Chair of the Forum, Alan Field, signing his contract and witnessed by the Members and Trustees. Ray has worked in Thurrock for around 15 years and was funded by both the Forum and Thurrock Youth and Connexions Service to write the successful Lottery bid on behalf of the Forum.

 The Forum’s next job is to find appropriate premises and fit it out as the new Aveley Youth and Community Centre. 

Ray, our new Project Manager signs his contract with our chair Alan  Contact:

 Ray Munro-Crump

07973 699902 




 A village community in Essex is set to benefit from nearly half a million pounds in Lottery good cause funding following an award announced today.

Aveley Village Community Forum Ltd successfully applied for a Reaching Communities grant from the Big Lottery Fund, securing £492,285, which will be used to establish a community centre for people of all ages.

BIG’s Reaching Communities programme aims to strengthen communities and this grant will see the creation of the Aveley Village Information Advice Regeneration and Young People's Centre. An empty shop is being used as the location for the centre, which will offer a range of activities including IT training through to parent and toddler groups.

Alan Field, Chair of Aveley Village Community Forum, said: “Over the last few years Aveley Village Community Forum has worked with local people to set up a Youth and Community Centre. It was beginning to look as though it may never happen. Now, with this Reaching Communities grant, we can make our dream a reality and really start to help people improve life in our village.

 “We must also thank all those people who helped bring our bid together, such as our local councillors and the Thurrock Council Youth and Connexions Service.”

People of all ages will be able to meet in a friendly social area. Youth workers will run projects to cater for younger people, and training in a variety of skills will be given. Working with the Adult Education Service and others, the centre will provide a venue for short, medium and long-term training courses, which will include first aid, food handling, IT, literacy and numeracy and volunteering. The centre will also stock information and advice leaflets and brochures.

Sara Betsworth, Big Lottery Fund Head of Region for Eastern England, said: ”It is wonderful to see Lottery funding being used to create such an important hub in the community. This facility will greatly enhance life for the people of Aveley and provide vital training and facilities across a range of areas.” 

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888    

Out of hours contact: 07867 500 572

Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030
Textphone: 0845 6021 659

Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the websitehttp://www.nof.org.uk/

Notes to Editors

Under Reaching Communities, the Big Lottery Fund awards grants between £10,000 and £500,000 to projects that offer people better life chances, build stronger communities, develop improved rural and urban environments and improve health and well being.

  • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £23 billion has now been raised and more than 317,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment. 

Aveley Community Forum
becomes a new company and registered Charity

Nobody, back in 2001 when Thurrock Council set up Community Forums, could really foresee how much a forum could achieve with determination and effort. But in Aveley the Aveley Village Community Forum were determined more could and should be done.

Realising the limitations of being a small local group the members sought ways of improving what they could do. This culminated in a celebration on Monday 16th February when the original community forum was officially dissolved and a new company and registered charity, Aveley Village Community Forum Ltd, took on the responsibilities of the old forum.

The Deputy Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Maureen Pearce, opened the proceedings and Cllr Joy Redsell spoke about the role of forums across Thurrock. In her speech Cllr Redsell told those present that Aveley Village is the first of the forums set up by Thurrock Council to make the transition from forum to charity.

Amanda Wilton, in her opening address told how excited the forum was at the change and how much more work could be done in the future.

MembersThis transition means that the forum can look further for funding. It has already passed the first stage for a Reaching Communities Lottery bid. This £500,000 bid, if successful, will enable the forum to open a small community centre and take on project workers. It will also allow the forum to continue to work with the Youth Service to provide a purpose built Youth Centre that has been promised for so long.

 In the long term, Aveley Village Community Forum will work to bring about the Intergenerational Community Centre shown in the Local Development Framework and the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation Masterplan. 

For further info please contact Ray Munro-Crump on 01277 234892 or 07973 699902 

Sitting (L-R) Dave Robinson, Director, Beryl Davies, Director, Amanda Prevost, Director & Vice Chair, Alex Day, Company Secretary. Jackie Horton, Management Team (MT) & Minute Secretary.

Standing  (L-R) Brenda Marrow MT, Dot Gore MT, Cllr Joy Redsell, Rev Valerie Rockall MT, Cllr Maureen Pearce, Paul Harrington, MT, Member, Simon Black, Thurrock Council, John Cowell, MT.

Aveley Village Community Forum is an independent community group interested in making a real difference to the community.  As a Forum we can:

  • Provide a way for the public to raise their own views and concerns about Thurrock Council or local issues;
  • Strengthen local community networks and develop constructive and effective partnerships between local people and the Council;
  • Allocate funding for local initiatives, once they've been officially agreed. 

Every year we hold an AGM and the community vote on members of public on to the committee and to fill the officer positions. Currently we have:

Chair: Pastor Alan Field - Vice Chair: Amanda Prevost - Secretary: Jackie Horton - Treasurer: Alex Day

 Aveley Village Community Forum work closely with Aveley Kenninngtons Community Forum.

Please contact us