Save YOUR Thameside

Save YOUR Thameside Welcome to the Official Page for the campaign to Save the Thameside complex, Incorporating the Theatr Our aim is simple.

This campaign is run by committee members representing Thurrock's many groups in the arts, culture and heritage. SAVE YOUR THAMESIDE complex and everything it represents.

06/11/2023

🎭 Introducing the Thameside Friendly Society! 🎭

Are you looking for an exciting and affordable way to spend your free time while making new friends and enjoying top-notch entertainment? Look no further! We're thrilled to introduce the Thameside Friendly Society, a welcoming theatre club aimed at those aged 50 and over.

For this club we are offering theatre tickets from £12.50, as we are committed to ensuring our events are affordable and accessible to all, so you can enjoy the best of theatre without worrying about your budget.

Join our vibrant community and experience the magic of live performances together. Whether you're a theatre enthusiast or just looking for an afternoon out, our club offers a warm and inclusive environment for all.

Come along, meet like-minded individuals, and share unforgettable moments with us. Let's embark on this wonderful journey together as we enjoy the magic of the stage.

We can't wait to welcome you into the Thameside Friendly Society family! 🌟🎉🎭

Want to come and volunteer this Christmas at Thameside Theatre, then come and join Arts Outburst and Troupe! And learn h...
30/10/2023

Want to come and volunteer this Christmas at Thameside Theatre, then come and join Arts Outburst and Troupe! And learn how you can get involved!

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Exciting SQUAD Dates for THIS WEEK:

🎨Monday 30th October - Craft Session - from 5pm
Join us at Arts Outburst Studios, 2nd floor of the Thameside Complex.
If you can, please bring a pair of secateurs - we will be making willow stars for an upcoming lantern parade.

🎭Thursday 2nd November - Backstage Tour & Front of House Training at The Thameside Theatre.
We will be meeting on the 3rd Floor at 6pm.

Please let me know if you are able to attend -> [email protected]
OR as always, reach out for more information.

What is Squad?
Squad is our adult volunteer programme which involves trips, training and workshops. Why not come together with a group of like minded people, socialise, build your confidence and learn something new and play a key role in bringing arts and culture to Thurrock.

Arts Council England

Some more great art work sent to us by one of our long time supporters of the Save Your Thameside campaign thank you Sun...
23/10/2023

Some more great art work sent to us by one of our long time supporters of the Save Your Thameside campaign thank you Sunny for your continued support

21/10/2023

Just a reminder of this brilliant message of support for our campaign from . Take a listen to this message from Andrew who grew up in Thurrock and how the Thameside was one of his first introduction to arts and culture.

We must Save Your Thameside from Thurrock Council closing and selling it off.

It offers the future generations of Thurrock residents many opportunities. It’s a safe place where every part of our community is welcome. A place of joy and happiness.

19/10/2023

It went very well according to feedback from our followers, thank you!

Opening Night tonight, come along and support the Thameside Theatre and see the award winning Thurrock Court Players per...
19/10/2023

Opening Night tonight, come along and support the Thameside Theatre and see the award winning Thurrock Court Players perform 39 Steps

Not to be missed

Tickets still available at www.thamesidetheatre.co.uk


16/10/2023

Another brilliant opportunity at the Thameside Complex.

Sign up now for this free workshop open to every part of our community



https://fb.watch/nIT08IGZpW/

11/10/2023

Please support YOUR theatre and this fantastic production by the national award winning Thurrock Court Players

Get your tickets now



https://fb.watch/nCLMmWwA6Q/

06/10/2023

📚 Grays Library is hosting their annual Fun Palaces event on Saturday 7 October 2023.

This year there are lots of individuals and local organisations taking part including Tilbury's Forward Motion Cycle Hub, authors of 'Essex Rock' Ian and Ros Mercer, Creative Blast, Thurrock Marquetry group and Grays Chess group.

The event is free to attend and activities taking place on the day include a tour of Grays High Street with local historian Mike Ostler, kids Zumba sessions, drone building, learn how to play the guitar and more!

For more info visit: https://orlo.uk/7txBP

⏰ 9am - 12.30pm
📍 Grays Library Thameside Complex Orsett Road Grays RM17 5DX

05/10/2023
 Save YOUR Thameside needs your support to attend this upcoming event on Wednesday. Can you make it? Let us know!
30/09/2023

Save YOUR Thameside needs your support to attend this upcoming event on Wednesday. Can you make it? Let us know!

Date for your Diary

Thurrock International Celebration of Culture and Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Thameside Complex Business Plan Presentation

4th October 2023 7pm @ Thameside Theatre

Save Your Thameside is a Community action group and Thurrock International Celebration of Culture & Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC are the not for profit companies who we are supporting in their bid for the complex. So the Thameside Complex can be run by the community for the community with their leadership and support.

We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss our plans for the future of the Thameside Complex.

As a continuing part of our consultation with the community we want you to be involved, it’s important for you to be part of our plans moving forward. We need your input which is so valuable to us as we hopefully move forward to transitioning the Thameside into a thriving Arts and Culture Hub.

So please join us for an overview of our plans for the future and an Q&A session.

Please email us on

[email protected]

to let us know you will be attending

We look forward to seeing you there!


25/09/2023

Date for your Diary

Thurrock International Celebration of Culture and Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Thameside Complex Business Plan Presentation

4th October 2023 7pm @ Thameside Theatre

Save Your Thameside is a Community action group and Thurrock International Celebration of Culture & Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC are the not for profit companies who we are supporting in their bid for the complex. So the Thameside Complex can be run by the community for the community with their leadership and support.

We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss our plans for the future of the Thameside Complex.

As a continuing part of our consultation with the community we want you to be involved, it’s important for you to be part of our plans moving forward. We need your input which is so valuable to us as we hopefully move forward to transitioning the Thameside into a thriving Arts and Culture Hub.

So please join us for an overview of our plans for the future and an Q&A session.

Please email us on

[email protected]

to let us know you will be attending

We look forward to seeing you there!


Just a reminder
24/09/2023

Just a reminder

Date for your Diary

Thurrock International Celebration of Culture and Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Thameside Complex Business Plan Presentation

4th October 2023 7pm @ Thameside Theatre

Save Your Thameside is a Community action group and Thurrock International Celebration of Culture & Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC are the not for profit companies who we are supporting in their bid for the complex. So the Thameside Complex can be run by the community for the community with their leadership and support.

We would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss our plans for the future of the Thameside Complex.

As a continuing part of our consultation with the community we want you to be involved, it’s important for you to be part of our plans moving forward. We need your input which is so valuable to us as we hopefully move forward to transitioning the Thameside into a thriving Arts and Culture Hub.

So please join us for an overview of our plans for the future and an Q&A session.

Please email us on

[email protected]

to let us know you will be attending

We look forward to seeing you there!


Congratulations to all of the Creative Blast Students who took part in their LAMDA exams last week.  Creative Blast Perf...
18/09/2023

Congratulations to all of the Creative Blast Students who took part in their LAMDA exams last week. Creative Blast Performing Arts Academy is based within the Thameside Complex.

We must Save Your Thameside, our arts and culture hub at the heart of our community for future generations


Come down to High House Purfleet today and see the Jack and the Beanstalk Panto cast. Lots going on with different works...
16/09/2023

Come down to High House Purfleet today and see the Jack and the Beanstalk Panto cast. Lots going on with different workshops, crafts, arts, heritage and performance

Don’t forget to book you Panto tickets now to avoid disappointment on the link below

thameside.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173646950/events/428607507

Just a reminder of part of our long journey to Save Your Thameside. Coverage below from the amazing Community event that...
02/09/2023

Just a reminder of part of our long journey to Save Your Thameside. Coverage below from the amazing Community event that Russell Brand organised back in December to help our

As our campaign continues to fight against the ruling party of Thurrock Council who want to close and sell our arts and cultural hub at the heart of our community.

We have still not had confirmed to us when their ‘Consultation’ with the residents will take place regarding their proposed plans to move both the Library and Museum to the old defunct council offices at the estimated cost of £1.2 MILLION! I assume that both the Library and Museum will be downsized in this process.

Where will they get this £1.2 MILLION of your money to fund this move?

From selling the Thameside! If the Thameside is sold we have heard nothing about where the theatre will go!

We need to stand strong together and let our voices be heard. When the consultation is announced we will let you know as soon as possible



The comedian says Thurrock Council has "lost its path investing in ideas that have not yielded fruit".

It may seem, to some,  our campaign news has been quiet but lots of work constantly going on in the back ground to make ...
28/08/2023

It may seem, to some, our campaign news has been quiet but lots of work constantly going on in the back ground to make sure we Save Your Thameside.

Take a look at the excellent coverage we received in The New Statesman over the weekend!

We will have more news to follow shortly and arrangements for an open meeting to discuss our future plans so watch out for more announcements

We must for the future generations of Thurrock. Let your voices be heard, we stand together against the ruling party of the council who want to close and sell off our arts and culture hub at the heart of our community.

Don’t let Thurrock Council waste £1.2 MILLION of your money downsizing and moving your library and museum to the old defunct council offices which they considered not good enough for themselves so they built a new £10 MILLION (some say it cost an awful lot more) office next door.

Don’t let them divide and rule, say no to them closing and selling off what belongs to you!

Please share and ask your friends and family to follow our page

Thurrock Council has been left effectively bankrupt after hundreds of millions of pounds were put into risky investments.

26/08/2023

Our final poster is here! 😍 . Have you got your tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk yet? 🌱 Why not! 😱 Show your support for your favourite little theatre and grab them now before it's too late 👇 🎟️ 👇

thameside.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173646950/events/428607507

We must save YOUR Thameside, the BVI report said that selling Thurrock’s Assets will not make much difference to the cur...
07/08/2023

We must save YOUR Thameside, the BVI report said that selling Thurrock’s Assets will not make much difference to the current situation.

So

Don’t get mad, get even!
Sign this petition now!

Petition calling for an Independent Inquiry into the financial collapse of Thurrock Council. Who borrowed £1.5 Billion. Looks like the petition has been updated to reflect the Panorama programme.

It has nearly 5,000 signatures so far but needs many more.

We all saw Panorama last Monday, many residents already knew about the extent of the failed borrow to invest scheme, but we all need to know the truth! Don’t get mad get even and sign this petition now!

Please share share share



16 signatures are still needed! Independent Inquiry into the financial collapse of Thurrock Council - 1​.​5 BILLION DEBT!!!

📣📣📣CALLING YOUNG PERFORMERS IN THURROCK📣📣📣Want to be a part of Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas at the Thameside Th...
02/08/2023

📣📣📣CALLING YOUNG PERFORMERS IN THURROCK📣📣📣

Want to be a part of Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas at the Thameside Theatre? We're looking for an all singing, all dancing chorus aged 9-18 who are full of personality and can move well.

If that's you or someone you know, visit polkadotpantomimes.co.uk/category/casting to download an audition pack and come along to our open auditions.

Full details can be found in the audition pack and there's some handy FAQs on our website that should help to answer any questions you may have.

💃We hope to see you there!🕺

Following the Panorama programme last night some snippets from Gareth Davies report from the 24th March following our Sa...
01/08/2023

Following the Panorama programme last night some snippets from Gareth Davies report from the 24th March following our Save Your Thameside Protest

At last, very pleased to announce …. Panto tickets are now on sale! Let’s get booking and show Thurrock Council that the...
31/07/2023

At last, very pleased to announce ….

Panto tickets are now on sale!

Let’s get booking and show Thurrock Council that the residents want to keep YOUR Thameside Theatre open!

thurrock.gov.uk/theatre

31/07/2023

For all our followers and supporters, we wanted to let you know that tonight

Monday 31st July
BBC1
8pm

Panorama will be reporting on the financial collapse of Thurrock Council! I have heard it’s going to be very interesting

27/07/2023

We need your support in order to continue our Wicked Wednesday school holiday cinema screenings. Times are tough for families, and we understand the need for accessible prices. Which is why we offer kids events at budget-friendly prices, like Wicked Wednesdays, which is just £3.50 per ticket.

If we don't fill enough seats for our next film screenings, 'Wicked Wednesdays' will not be able to continue. Your support is crucial for us to cover our costs so we can continue to offer these special events for kids.

If you've been before or always fancied going now's your chance, book your tickets today for a perfect family outing that won't break the bank! Grab your popcorn and get ready for a summer of movie magic!

🎟️ Book here: thameside.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows. We really appreciate your support!

Please share far and wide!

Your Thameside Theatre family

Please share, the Thameside Theatre needs your support to keep these brilliant events running for the young people of Th...
27/07/2023

Please share, the Thameside Theatre needs your support to keep these brilliant events running for the young people of Thurrock.



https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=706077108197307&id=100063850729815

We need your support in order to continue our Wicked Wednesday school holiday cinema screenings. Times are tough for families, and we understand the need for accessible prices. Which is why we offer kids events at budget-friendly prices, like Wicked Wednesdays, which is just £3.50 per ticket.

If we don't fill enough seats for our next film screenings, 'Wicked Wednesdays' will not be able to continue. Your support is crucial for us to cover our costs so we can continue to offer these special events for kids.

If you've been before or always fancied going now's your chance, book your tickets today for a perfect family outing that won't break the bank! Grab your popcorn and get ready for a summer of movie magic!

🎟️ Book here: thameside.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows. We really appreciate your support!

Please share far and wide!

Your Thameside Theatre family

Congratulations to all of the Save YOUR Thameside supporters, followers, residents and the people of Thurrock, for your ...
26/07/2023

Congratulations to all of the Save YOUR Thameside supporters, followers, residents and the people of Thurrock, for your continued hard work in keeping the Thameside open! For keeping the pressure on the council, for writing to your councillors, for attending meetings and joining our protests.

Panto will be back at the Thameside this Christmas and this has only happened with YOUR loyal support of our campaign to Save YOUR Thameside!

This is PEOPLE POWER!

A massive congratulations to everyone including the staff who continue to work hard to keep our arts and culture hub at the heart of our community going, against great adversity

Let’s celebrate this massive win for the people of Thurrock - you did this!

This battle is ‘behind us’ but we will ‘have to do it again then, won’t we’, the war is not over we must continue to fight to keep the Thameside open for future generations of Thurrock.

Book your tickets as soon as sales open to show the council this is exactly what the people of Thurrock want!

Please share this fantastic news far and wide and thank you, yet again for all your hard work!


Congratulations to all of the Save YOUR Thameside supporters, followers, residents and the people of Thurrock, for your ...
26/07/2023

Congratulations to all of the Save YOUR Thameside supporters, followers, residents and the people of Thurrock, for your continued hard work in keeping the Thameside open! For keeping the pressure on the council, for writing to your councillors, for attending meetings and joining our protests.

Panto will be back at the Thameside this Christmas and this has only happened with YOUR loyal support of our campaign to Save YOUR Thameside!

This is PEOPLE POWER!

A massive congratulations to everyone including the staff who continue to work hard to keep our arts and culture hub at the heart of our community going, against great adversity

Let’s celebrate this massive win for the people of Thurrock - you did this!

This battle is ‘behind us’ but we will ‘have to do it again then, won’t we’, the war is not over we must continue to fight to keep the Thameside open for future generations of Thurrock.

Book your tickets as soon as sales open to show the council this is exactly what the people of Thurrock want!

Please share this fantastic news far and wide and thank you, yet again for all your hard work!

TODAY is the 2nd anniversary of our first protest to                  Save YOUR Thameside Two years ago today, 21st July...
21/07/2023

TODAY is the 2nd anniversary of our first protest to

Save YOUR Thameside

Two years ago today, 21st July 2021, and just two weeks after the council had added the Thameside Complex to their disposal list stating it was ‘surplus to requirements’ and ‘unfit for purpose’. The people of Thurrock came together and we held our first protest and submitted a petition to the full council meeting with over 4,200 names saying NO TO THE CLOSURE!

A massive achievement in such a short time with a huge support from the residents of Thurrock who were outraged at the councils plans to close their Theatre, Museum, Library, the arts and culture hub at the heart of our community!

The council wanted to close the Thameside by January 22, they even started redundancy negations with the staff!

BUT with your amazingly passionate powerful support for the campaign

THE THAMESIDE IS STILL OPEN!

BUT the fight to Save YOUR Thameside continues

Over the next few weeks we will be revisiting how far our campaign has come, the milestones of our campaign and how we will be moving forward.

We have been fighting hard for over 2 years trying to stop the council closing and selling YOUR Thameside.

Celebrating your voices the power of the people who have felt so strongly about the council closing YOUR Thameside!

Please ask friends and family to support our campaign by following our page Save Your Thameside to stay up-to date with the next steps

Stay strong and together we will Save YOUR Thameside for future generations of Thurrock !

More to follow…… so much more!

Wow look at what the amazing staff and volunteers have done to the front of YOUR Thameside!  It looks fantastic and all ...
21/06/2023

Wow look at what the amazing staff and volunteers have done to the front of YOUR Thameside!

It looks fantastic and all done in their own time with donations from local people! Many many hours of sanding down, vanishing decking, weeding and cleaning up the front of the Thameside and make it even more welcoming.

Special mention to the young people and parents of the Thameside Young Producers who donated funds and plants to give our beloved Thameside a mini facelift.

As it’s Pride Month the rainbow theme really shows how important the Thameside is to every part of our community.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved.

Save YOUR Thameside and the people of Thurrock will not let Thurrock Council close and sell YOUR Thameside! They can find other ways to fill holes left by their mismanagement! I hope you are listening and if your not open your eyes and see what the Thameside means to every part of our community!

15/06/2023

Your Thameside on the BBC London News again tonight after the publication of Best Value Inspection Report by Government on Thurrock Councils massive failures and £1.5 Billion debt.

We must stop Thurrock Council closing and selling off the Thameside, our arts and culture hub at the heart of our community! A safe space where everyone is welcome

* * A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS * * Congratulations to the Thameside Theatre for winning the BEST Theatre/Arts Venue in ES...
15/06/2023

* * A MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS * *

Congratulations to the Thameside Theatre for winning the BEST Theatre/Arts Venue in ESSEX!

Amazing recognition for our theatre at the heart of our community.

A massive thank you to you all for voting for us and showing the whole of Essex how important the Thameside is to us all.

Against tough competition like the Colchester, Brentwood and Mercury Theatres and the Colchester Arts Centre we WON!

The Thameside will now be put through to the next round of the UK Competition and will be judged by a panel of specialist at the

Congratulations to everyone and let’s celebrate and continue to fight to

We must save the Thameside from closure by Thurrock Council, our arts and cultural hub at the heart of our community - a safe space where everyone is welcome

Thameside a safe place for every part of our communityAlways proud to support Pride Month!
14/06/2023

Thameside a safe place for every part of our community

Always proud to support Pride Month!

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Just wanted to say what a brilliant event it was yesterday, well done to all those involved.
Comedian Russell Brand backs campaign to save Thameside Theatre https://bbc.in/3iJEmCo

He returned to his home town of Grays to lend his support to Save YOUR Thameside

Click article above for full background - and tune into BBC Essex for more.
Shout out to Kieran who represented Creative Blast Performing Arts Academy in Thameside Young Producers show ‘Together’ last night at the Thameside Theatre Grays

Kieran you were fab - we’re so proud of you!

Save YOUR Thameside
This is why we need to support Save YOUR Thameside campaign
How can you help
1) Get tickets for 5 December https://bit.ly/save-your-thameside-tickets
2) Donate https://www.russellbrand.com/stay-free-foundation/
Save YOUR Thameside needs your support.

Can you make it to Grays on 5th December to show your support
Get your tickets https://bit.ly/save-your-thameside-tickets
We are beyond delighted to share that Arts Outburst has been successful in securing funding from Arts Council England and will be joining the National Portfolio from 2023-26.

We’d like to thank all our partners, supporters, funders, commissioners, participants, artists, volunteers and audiences for their continued support, without you all we couldn’t have achieved this important milestone in our development.

We can’t wait to share with you our plans and we’re looking forward to working with the people of Thurrock and beyond to make even more exciting things happen here!

Thurrock Save YOUR Thameside Thameside Theatre
Memories to treasure and hopefully there will be many more to follow.
Grays Athletic would like to wish the Thameside Complex a very Happy 50th Anniversay. An established part of Thurrocks community, the Thameside is an essential part of Grays and and Thurrock in general. We know only too well what losing this would mean having been forced ourselves to leave Grays in 2010. The club sends its full support to everyone who is working hard to save the Thameside complex for generations to come. Here is to another 50 years. Thameside Theatre Save YOUR Thameside
Such happy memories of performing on stage at the Thameside with the Doreen Fiol School of Drama in the mid-1970s. Sadly I have no photos, but have always kept and treasured the programmes.
I see Rocky 3 there
My daughter captured this speech from what could be the final panto at Thameside. Here's hoping that won't be true but a moving speech by Luke Coldham none-the-less. Apologies for the shaky cam, she's 10 :) Polka Dot Pantomimes Thameside Theatre Save YOUR Thameside
It was a great Grays Rotary Christmas... And one more example of how the Thameside Theatre plays a big role in the community
Shocking they are attempting to close this 😞
Yesterday over 170 young people performed at this amazing theatrefrom our dance school starshine Stage School..we have used this theatre for many many years...the theatre and team are truly amazing and a really asset to the community...we must carry on fighting...lots of our parents will be supporting this campaign!!!