• Big crowds welcome Prince Charles to south Essex

    HUNDREDS of villagers gathered to greet Prince Charles as he planted a tree to celebrate an affordable rural housing scheme. His Royal Highness was cheered as he planted the D'Arcy Spice apple tree in Pandan Close, West Hanningfield, before being

  • 86-year-old hurt in fire

    An 86-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation in a kitchen fire in his home.  Firefighters were called to Beatty Lane in Basildon just before 3pm today.  They had put the blaze, in the ground floor flat, out within 30 minutes.  The man was

  • Tributes to former Echo chief photographer

    FOND tributes have been paid to a former Echo chief photographer who disarmed everyone – from royalty to rampaging rockers – with his humble charm. Dave “Cookie” Cook, of Thundersley, who went from taking reconnaissance photographs for the RAF

  • Christmas bus timetable announced

    FIRST Essex has announced its Christmas timetables for passengers over the festive period. The timetables will affect passengers in Southend, Castle Point and Rayleigh over Christmas and New Year. There will be normal service on Monday, December

  • Pet hotel owners raise £10k for hospice at ball

    THE owners of a luxury pet hotel threw a Christmas ball to raise nearly £10,000 for Little Havens Hospice. More than 200 guests attended the event, at Stock Brook Manor, in Billericay, to enjoy a three-course festive dinner and live music from

  • Dartford Tunnel open again - M25 delays continue

    All M25 lanes anti-clockwise have been reopened between Junction 30 on the A13 (Lakeside) and Junction 29 on the A127 (Romford). The Dartford Tunnel has also been re-opened.  The tunnel was temporarily closed following an earlier accident between

  • Big day for couple who cared for nearly 300 children

    A COUPLE who have fostered nearly 300 children described their delight at meeting Prince Charles as they were appointed MBEs. Edna and Edward Pratt, of Mountdale Gardens, Leigh, began fostering 36 years ago. They were joined by eight of their

  • Danny Cowley: Concord belief high ahead of Barnet trip

    DANNY Cowley believes tonight’s FA Trophy replay between Concord Rangers and Barnet will be a very different encounter to last year’s face-off at the Hive Stadium. The two sides met in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup last October, with

  • Late Chichester try puts end to Westcliff recovery

    WESTCLIFF remain in the bottom three after suffering a 22-13 defeat against Chichester in National Three London & SE. Westcliff had fought back to cut the visitors’ lead from 17 points down to just four as the game entered its closing stages

  • Family’s heartache over muddy graves

    A FAMILY are heartbroken after discovering a huge mound of mud has been dumped on the grave of a loved-one. Rebecca Luff, 20, discovered vases had been removed from her great-grandparents’ plots and strewn across the grass when she went to pay

  • Beth Tweddle: Anything is possible for Max Whitlock

    BRITAIN'S most successful ever gymnast Beth Tweddle believes anything is possible for Max Whitlock as he looks to build on an incredibly successful 2014 season. The Basildon based Whitlock won medals at the European Championships, Commonwealth

  • Help us fill 1,000 plates at Christmas

    THE Echo is backing homeless charity Harp in its drive to raise £10,000 to serve 1,000 Christmas dinners to the homeless this festive season. With our help last year, Harp raised in excess of its £7,000 target in its ten-day Christmas appeal, with

  • Kerry Smith resigns from Ukip

    KERRY Smith has resigned from Ukip after being forced to quit as a prospective parliamentary candidate. Mr Smith, who was selected as the anti-EU party’s parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock just last Wednesday, has now

  • Restaurant has lost 65 per cent of its trade

    A RESTAURANT boss fears he may have to lay off staff because a phone line blunder has cost him customers. Riccardo Burzotta, 38, says customers trying to book a table at La Pizzeria, in London Road, Westcliff, have been unable to get through to

  • Last chance for Hadleigh regeneration

    PLANS for the multi-million pound regeneration of Hadleigh are being described as the town’s “last chance saloon”. Developers will be given until January 19 to send in proposals to redevelop the town’s “gateway,” including the former Crown

  • First look at plans for school revamp

    THIS is a first look at plans to renovate Montgomerie Primary School in Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet. Parents of pupils at the school, and nearby residents, are being invited to a consultation on the plans, which would see the infant and junior schools

  • School cake sale raises £560 for Cancer Research

    A SCHOOL cake sale raised more than £560 for Cancer Research UK. Teachers at Felmores Primary School, in Davenants, Pitsea, got creative in the kitchen baking their own tasty, colourful designs in aid of the charity. Some of the cakes were

  • Second refuse lorry spotted reversing blind in Hullbridge

    AN investigation has been launched after a rubbish truck was seen reversing without a lookout just weeks after an elderly woman was hit in a similar incident. Sita UK has launched a probe after pictures of the reversing lorry were posted on Facebook

  • Trio jailed for attack on cabbie over an £11 fare

    THREE men have been jailed for beating up a 78-year-old taxi driver over an £11 fair. Thugs Adam Rhuebell, Axl Gilbert, and Charlie Laidlaw left cabbie Kenneth Wolfe with a broken eye socket and two missing teeth, after the brutal attack. Gilbert

  • joyce patricia chappell

    Joyce Patricia CHAPPELL 'Joy' 21.02.1921 - 16.12.2013 As I write theses few lines the tears start to flow, I still love you so much I just cannot let you go. No one else on this earth could ever replace, The wave of your hand The smile on your face.

  • joyce patricia chapple

    Joyce Patricia CHAPPLE21.02.1921 -16.12.2013 A year has passed but it doesn't get any easier. Always in our thoughts and the happy memories we keep. Love and miss you so much. All our love Barb, Allan, Matt, Laura, Nick and Jack x x x