Thameside Forum Projects
THAMESIDE FORUM - "Your Forum, Your Choice."
We have funded many projects over the the last 12 years - Amongst others was our Angling Competition and until 2010 was held annually, until funding ceased from the Council in 2011, it was open to local childen and young adults; Mick who ran the Angling shop in Grays, put on a different hat for one day annually to organise and manage the event in his spare time volunteering on behalf of the Thameside Forum who funded the event. Over the years many young people found that fishing provided a consistent hobby that can be done with a group of friends or alone ( although it is sometimes quite rewarding when others can see your prowess at this engrossing hobby and can witness your skill at catching all kinds of fish, even the H-U-G-E ones that "got away!") The competition was staged next to the Sensory Garden on Heritage Wharf which made a beautiful backdrop to the local competition. It is sadly missed by the local children who looked forward to it every year when they could compete with each other in a safe and secure place and win prizes at the end to display for their days hard work.
SENSORY GARDEN - project funded & completed by Thameside Forum in 2003
In 2008 the Sensory Garden gained a full sized sculpture of "Britannia" atop the poles created by Raymond Massey of "Ornate Ironworks" Parker Rd. Grays - it has been galvanised to withstand the full force of nature for a good few years to come. This project was funded by Thameside Forum with help from Mr Massey for the galvanising and the design. In the photo from left to right is Raymond Massey - creator & sculptor; Tessa Dallyn-Roberts, Chair of Thameside Forum and Mr Massey Junior.
THE COPSE -in Badgers Dene cleared and landscaped in 2006
Before the Thameside Forum cleared and tidied this now attractive copse in Badgers Dene it was used for general drug taking and a rubbish tipping area. Children who passed it to and from school were wary of going through it and most people who lived in Badgers Dene looked upon it as a wasted area. It still needs regular tidying but now it's a healthy, thriving "lung" in part of the Forum's area of Badgers Dene.
HERITAGE WHARF GRAYS
A beautiful view of the busy, working River Thames. We just wanted to show you that a rather lovely area by the River Thames is totally accessible where no motorised traffic is allowed. There is a smooth path (accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs, bicycles etc) alongside the River Thames flood wall, a wall ladder is available about half way along to climb over and get a better view of the river or, you can walk along the path situated on the river side of the wall (sloping bank into it at one end near the "Britannia" Sculpture and at the other end steps to return to Wouldham Road) there are excellent views over to the Kent Coast and there are benches nearby on Heritage Wharf by the Britannia Sculpture where you can sit and dream and watch the ships, yachts and other sea-going vessels go by. Thameside Wharf runs between the Wharf Pub at the eastern end to Wouldham Road at the Western End, about a 10 minute stroll - its worth a look as it's one of the hidden gems of South Grays. The Thameside Forum is proud of the area and endeavours to keep it looking attractive and in keeping with the wildlife and the environment, so take your litter home whilst enjoying the view or, if you are with your dog - bag it up - doggy refuse bins are at both ends of the Wharf or, visit us for a healthy invigorating stroll or jog alongside the river.
This a popular dog walking area so please take care, if it is your first visit, to keep your dog on a lead. Thank you.