Thurrock Hammers https://www.thurrockhammers.com The Extreme Team Sport Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:45:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Nick Laurence announced as Seagulls third Rider https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/nick-laurence-announced-as-seagulls-third-rider/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/nick-laurence-announced-as-seagulls-third-rider/#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:45:39 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=3459 The Eastbourne Seagulls powered by Save Thurrock Hammers speedway are delighted to announce Nick Laurence as the third rider of their 2020/21 Midland Southern Development League squad. The 30 year old has ridden for The Mildenhall Fen Tigers and The Eagles in the National League during his career and will also be well known to […]

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The Eastbourne Seagulls powered by Save Thurrock Hammers speedway are delighted to announce Nick Laurence as the third rider of their 2020/21 Midland Southern Development League squad.

The 30 year old has ridden for The Mildenhall Fen Tigers and The Eagles in the National League during his career and will also be well known to Hammers fans after riding for the Essex club during their National League campaign in 2017 and as part of their nomadic teams since. 

Nick has also ridden for Reading Racers in the Southern Development League, helping them to secure the titles in 2017 & 2018.  Along with being Richard Lawson’s mechanic for the Eagles, he also captained the Racers MSDL team in 2019.

Image Credit: Tiffani Graveling Photography

The Arlington local commented:

“I’m excited to be riding for The Seagulls, being as they are my local team.  I am looking forward to getting some laps in, and by being one of the more experienced riders in the squad, helping the others in the team wherever I can.

Seagulls Team Manager Mark Sexton added:

“As a previous Number 1 in the SDL, most recently with the Reading Racers, and with a few years’ experience in the NL, we’re definitely expecting Nick to lead the Seagulls from the front points-wise.

He should have the beating of most riders, especially around Arlington and as a self-described ‘rascal’ (see his Twitter profile), we know Nick will also bring a sense of fun to the pits!”

Nick as a Hammer

The Midland Southern Development league rules allow a squad of up to 6 riders, with The Seagulls MSDL meetings taking place following the main Championship action at Arlington.

To follow Nick on social media, click here for Twitter, here for Facebook and here for Instagram.

To learn about a range of Sponsorship opportunities for both individual riders and the Seagulls in general, please contact our Commercial and Operations Director Russell Keetch here.

Image Credits: Tiffani Graveling Photography

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Seagulls announce Cesca Wright https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/seagulls-announce-cesca-wright/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/seagulls-announce-cesca-wright/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 08:52:29 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=3429 The Eastbourne Seagulls powered by Save Thurrock Hammers Speedway are delighted to announce Cesca Wright as their second MSDL rider. The Midlands-based rider, who launched her speedway career along with twin-sister Hannah becoming known as the Shale Sisters, rode in the Midland Southern Development League for the Weymouth Wildcats in 2019. Ahead of the 2020/21 MSDL […]

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The Eastbourne Seagulls powered by Save Thurrock Hammers Speedway are delighted to announce Cesca Wright as their second MSDL rider.

Cesca in action. Credit Gary Kirtley-Paine

The Midlands-based rider, who launched her speedway career along with twin-sister Hannah becoming known as the Shale Sisters, rode in the Midland Southern Development League for the Weymouth Wildcats in 2019.

Cesca with the Wildcats. Image Credit: Tony Burchell Photography

Ahead of the 2020/21 MSDL campaign, Cesca commented:

‘I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to ride in the Midland and Southern Development League again, this time with the Eastbourne Seagulls, and I can’t wait to get back out on track and to continue advocating for more women and girls to get involved in speedway racing.’

The Seagulls Team Manager Mark Sexton commented “We are absolutely thrilled that Cesca is a Seagull.

“I’ve heard really positive reports about her ability and, having spoken to her recently, I’m extremely confident that her determination and commitment will be rewarded with plenty of points when she gets on track.”

To follow Cesca on social media, click here for Twitter, here for Facebook and here for Instagram.

To learn about a range of Sponsorship opportunities for both individual riders and the Eastbourne Seagulls in general, please contact our Commercial and Operations Director Russell Keetch here.

Main image Credit: Jim West Photography.

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The Eastbourne Seagulls, powered by Save Thurrock Hammers speedway, are delighted to announce James Jessop as the first rider of their 2020/21 Midland Southern Development League squad.

James Jessop – credit Ian Bush

The 19-year-old from Deeping St James, who joins the Sussex Club after previous spells with MSDL teams The Milton Keynes Knights, and the Weymouth Wildcats, commented:

“I am truly excited to be joining the Eastbourne Seagulls Powered by Save Thurrock Hammers Speedway, in their first MSDL campaign.

I have been very impressed by how serious and professional they are treating the MSDL.  They have set the bar high, and I hope I can score points to re-pay their faith and to give the fans at Arlington something to enjoy”.

James with Jason Crump

The Seagulls Team Manager Mark Sexton commented “We are delighted to bring James on board with the Seagulls. 

He’s a bright young man, who brings good experience of this league to the table, and we’re expecting him to contribute a lot in terms of points on the track and positivity in the pits.

James, who will be talking about his signing with the Seagulls today on Chesil Radio at around 6pm (click here to launch) is the first of the current Seagulls squad of five riders to be announced.

The Midland Southern Development league rules allow a squad of up to 6 riders, with The Seagulls MSDL meetings taking place following the main Championship action at Arlington.

To follow James on social media, click here for Twitter, here for Facebook and here for Instagram.

To learn about a range of Sponsorship opportunities for both individual riders and the Seagulls in general, please contact our Commercial and Operations Director Russell Keetch here

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Hammers to soar with The Seagulls https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/hammers-to-soar-with-the-seagulls/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/hammers-to-soar-with-the-seagulls/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:51:05 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=3319 While the off-track campaign to return speedway to the borough continues, Thurrock Hammers Ltd have taken a revolutionary step to maintain an on-track presence in 2020/21. By way of background, during the winter the Hammers had an exploratory discussion with the Eastbourne Eagles to see if a team representing Thurrock could be run out of […]

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While the off-track campaign to return speedway to the borough continues, Thurrock Hammers Ltd have taken a revolutionary step to maintain an on-track presence in 2020/21.

By way of background, during the winter the Hammers had an exploratory discussion with the Eastbourne Eagles to see if a team representing Thurrock could be run out of Arlington Stadium to compete in the Midland and Southern Development League (MSDL).

Unfortunately, a new ruling from the BSPA (British Speedway Promoters Association) deemed that only operational clubs would be sanctioned to run in either the National or Junior leagues. In addition it was also confirmed that nomadic speedway clubs would not be sanctioned to run in any league at an adopted track, unless there was sufficient evidence to show that a new ‘home’ track was very close to being finalised. The regulations have seen long standing MDL clubs such as Milton Keynes Knights and Reading Racers currently unable to track teams.

As a response to the new rules, the Eagles instead opted to run their own MSDL team, the Eastbourne Seagulls, to compete alongside teams from Plymouth, Birmingham and the Isle of Wight.

Behind the scenes, the Hammers continue to engage with related Thurrock Council Officials maintaining dialogue and engaging across the various planning processes.

Ideally challenge matches between The Hammers and National League opposition can continue to be arranged as the Hammers three Directors, Mark Sexton, Russell Keetch and Ian Smalley all agree that maintaining a consistent on-track identity is still of continued importance to the overall campaign. The Hammers, however, wanted to look at additional opportunities.

We are therefore thrilled to announce that, following in-depth and hugely productive conversations with the Eagles, ThurrockHammers Ltd has taken the radical step of sponsoring the Seagulls in 2020/21.

As a result, the Eagles MSDL team will be known as:

The Eastbourne Seagulls Powered by Save Thurrock Hammers Speedway.

The new Seagulls’ team branding will include the famous Crossed Hammers, both on race bibs and on bike covers, with the three Hammers Directors taking over key management roles.

Hammers Director Ian Smalley, who will coordinate the Hammers media and team promotion in conjunction with his role at The Eagles, commented:

“Through my ongoing freelance Media role with the Eagles, I’ve worked very closely with Eagles Managing Director Ian Jordan, who like Mark, Russ and myself, is hugely committed to helping both young and British riders gain invaluable, competitive track time. 

By sponsoring the Seagulls in a two-year deal, we can maintain a media platform to help continue to fight The Hammers campaign to return to Thurrock, whilst at the same time also helping to ensure that another team is available to provide opportunities for young riders.”

Mark Sexton, who will act specifically as the Seagulls Team Manager commented “We are delighted to already have a confirmed squad of 5 riders to cover issues with availability, injury and form, and we will be announcing these riders over the next week.

2020 really has become a year when creative, out of the box thinking is required to help clubs, riders and supporters survive the current health crisis and the Hammers are determined to play their part.”

The MSDL race format consists of four rider, six heat meetings and Seagull fixtures will take place at Arlington on selected dates after the main Championship meetings have run. The fixture list is, understandably, yet to be finalised.

In addition to the current Free Under 15 Season Pass, which is available to all children attending meetings at Eastbourne, The Hammers will work closely with the Eagles Promotion to create a competitive, two tier entry payment structure for Hammers fans to come along to watch all meetings at Arlington, with an additional price reduction for meetings that include a Seagulls fixture.

Eagles Managing Director Ian Jordan commented:

“Eastbourne HG Aerospace Eagles have always been synonymous with the development of young British Riders.

We made a conscious decision in 2019 to focus on the Championship League Team but always planned to enter an MSDL Team for 2020 and in future seasons. We will also have a couple of young local Mascots in 2020/2021 in Vinnie Joe Foord and Charlie Wood, who look excellent prospects for the future.

We had hoped to invite a dormant Club to facilitate this to allow Eagles Management to focus 100% on The Championship Team, but this was not possible following changes in the rules for MSDL dormant Clubs. The chosen Club was to be Thurrock Hammers.

We remain though very keen to support the “Save Thurrock Hammers” Campaign and having worked closely with Ian Smalley on both Eastbourne and Plymouth Speedway projects and other yet to be launched initiatives, and having been very impressed with the drive and passion that Russ (Keetch) and Mark (Sexton) have for Speedway in general and the campaign to return Speedway to Essex in particular, and given their outstanding expertise in their respective fields, which we hope can benefit all aspects of Speedway at Eastbourne too, it seemed a no brainer not to develop the project within the new Guidelines.

Our Community Team at Eastbourne had, via some excellent work by Ken Burnett during the past winter, started to forge closer links with Brighton & Hove Albion FC (nicknamed The Seagulls) and the concept of bringing that exciting new association with the campaign to support the “Save Thurrock Hammers” together, and to also develop and build a new planned Eastbourne HG Aerospace Eagles “Young Rider Academy”; into one new idea and a fantastically exciting project for 2020 and for the 2021 season was born.

The Eastbourne Seagulls powered by Save Thurrock Hammers 

We look forward therefore to forging a unique synergy to give maximum support to our friends from Thurrock Hammers with all of their goals; and to welcome Hammers fans of the past, present and future to support their team and our Team; with an exciting new potentially massive Supporter base via 60,000 free Under 15 Season Passes for youngsters across Sussex and into parts of Essex and Kent to hopefully gravitate to Speedway, whilst launching an Academy to develop the Eagles, Hammers and Seagulls of the future.

The Team that Mark, Russ and Ian are putting together looks very exciting on paper and we can’t wait to see the Squad announced next week, and to get started hopefully at some point in 2020, and if not, then for the full 2021 season.”

Sponsorship packages, with all money accrued purely to cover any racing costs, will be available for all budgets ranging from heat sponsorship, through to methanol and oil for a rider for a meeting or for the season, through to sponsorship of tyres, bike covers, along with associate sponsors of the team. 

Full details will be announced shortly, but if any fans or businesses wish to learn more, please get in contact with The Hammers Commercial Director Russell Keetch here.

Seagulls logo design by Groundswell Design

Background image credit: Tiffani Graveling Photography

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Lost Forever? – Not if We Can Help It! https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/lost-forever-not-if-we-can-help-it/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/lost-forever-not-if-we-can-help-it/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 21:53:11 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=3221 Why has it become seemingly impossible to operate speedway tracks successfully in London and the South East? New Cross, West Ham, Wembley, White City, Wimbledon, Hackney are just some of the better-known, indeed iconic, capital tracks to have closed their doors to racing between 1963 (New Cross) and 1997 (Hackney). Within 60 miles of London, […]

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Why has it become seemingly impossible to operate speedway tracks successfully in London and the South East?

New Cross, West Ham, Wembley, White City, Wimbledon, Hackney are just some of the better-known, indeed iconic, capital tracks to have closed their doors to racing between 1963 (New Cross) and 1997 (Hackney).

Within 60 miles of London, tracks at Rayleigh in 1973, Canterbury, Crayford, Oxford, Reading, Arena Essex (2018), even Rye House have closed their doors.

All this begs a question or two – is London and the South East noticeably different to other parts of the UK? Does the experience of the 13 tracks listed above reflect a local malaise or suggest a less fertile environment for speedway?

Is London, and its hinterland, so different and are there solutions to this conundrum?

I’m asking these questions as one of three Directors of the Thurrock Hammers Ltd (THL), which is a company incorporated last year with its mission, and a vision,  to establish a new model for facilities to  return the Hammers to South West Essex following the sale, for the purposes of housing development, of its Arena Essex base.  

To support this vision we look to the Swindon example where speedway was preserved as part of the planning process rather than what we believe to be the factually incorrect and misleading  ‘Needs Analysis’  produced in support of the proposed Arena Essex housing development (a report which remarkably appears to have been  endorsed by Sport England).  

We think that the right formula can be established to enable speedway to flourish in the south east.  And we believe that the key to success is in the planning system itself.  In the process there are two major issues to be addressed – Fans and Facilities.

Just one new club/track has opened in the South East over the last 25 years (Central Park, Sittingbourne – home of the Kent Kings) although the training track at Iwade has also staged NL racing during that time. The Eastbourne Eagles have maintained speedway at their Arlington Stadium but these two examples hardly stack up as positive counterweights to the other 12 closures.

The very existence of any track obviously depends on the willingness of landowners and promoters to invest their assets, time and expertise into the sport and their calculation of whether they’ll get a return on their investment.

Clearly, building a new, ideally multi-purpose, facility from scratch anywhere in South West Essex would be an expensive undertaking, impossible without a significant amount of capital, probably running into the millions of pounds.

The National Speedway Stadium (Belle Vue) was built at a reported cost of £7 million. As noted above, the only team to emerge in the 2000s is Kent where there was already a superbly appointed greyhound stadium, owned by a family steeped in speedway history, making the Kings somewhat of a special case.

Kent’s elevation into the Championship for 2020 was a very positive move and hopefully indicative of a brighter future for fans in the Garden of England.

Other Regions

If you compare London and the SE with other regions of the UK, there appear to have been slightly more encouraging signs elsewhere when it comes to preserving tracks – but not that many, to be frank.

In the Midlands, for example, after the Leicester Lions lost their Blackbird Road stadium in 1984, it took 27 years for a new track to be built within the city.

Station Road, Long Eaton – long gone. Dudley Wood, home of the Cradley Heathens, closed in 1995 and hasn’t been replaced despite the efforts of many and the operation, at Monmore Green (Wolverhampton) of a Dudley/Cradley Heathens team between 2010 and 2019. The Coventry Bees have been locked out of Brandon Stadium for the last 4 years.

The Birmingham Brummies, having returned to Perry Barr in 2006 after a twenty-year hiatus, have enjoyed a tempestuous time combining league success with financial disaster and Stoke’s Loomer Road Stadium has been demolished within the last month. Buxton lays fallow.

More positively, and a bit further north, the Belle Vue Aces have had three homes in the past 40 years and have successfully moved twice (1988 and 2016) within Manchester which suggests there’s a significant and deeply embedded level of community and council support for both the sport and the Aces. Fans in Yorkshire have been a lot less fortunate with the losses of tracks at Castleford, Halifax, Bradford and Hull.

Population Density

Counter-intuitively, neither the absolute number of people living in the capital, nor a high density of population, has had a positive impact on speedway.

The closure of so many of the capital’s tracks is proof of that. The population of London, which is just shy of 9 million, is also recorded as having a lower median age, a lower proportion of people aged 65 years or over and a higher population density than the rest of the UK, which under normal circumstances might all be seen as positive.  

Within 15 miles of Thurrock, the population numbers over a million people (broadly speaking Thurrock, Basildon, Dartford and Havering).

None of these Boroughs is home to a top-class sports team, or stadium, so you would think the whole community, including local politicians and council leaders, would be keen to encourage stadium development and empower prospective club owners.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS 2019), the population of London is also notably different to the rest of the UK in terms of its age profile.

The population of London has a median age of 35.6 years, nearly 5 years below the average age in the UK and three years below the average in Northern Ireland (38.9) which is the next ‘youngest’ region.

London has the highest proportion of people aged 16-64 (67.4%), the second highest proportion of those aged 15 and under and the lowest proportion of those aged 65 and above.

Coincidence or Accident?

The regions with the highest proportion of people aged 65 or over are the South West, (22.3%), the North East (19.9%) and the East (also 19.9%). Is it coincidence that these are the regions where speedway appears to be reasonably well supported?

In the North East, for example, Newcastle, Redcar and Berwick operate in the Championship. In the East of England, Ipswich, King’s Lynn and Peterborough compete in the Premiership and Mildenhall in the National League.

In the South and South West, although Bristol and Exeter have opened and closed, Swindon and Poole have run extremely successful tracks in the top-flight and Somerset, in the Championship, and Plymouth in the NL, should both have come to tapes in 2020.

Even Scotland, with a total population of just over 60% of London’s, has enjoyed two teams. Population density does looks to be an important factor too, with the NE, SW, East and Scotland benefiting from most of the lowest density figures.

Source: Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

As far as the fans are concerned, maybe access to a track, whether by road or public transport, is the most important factor?

Previous Lakeside Promotions frequently bemoaned the chaos caused by incidents or accidents on the M25 and cited frequent travel problems as a significant impediment on attendances at the Arena Essex, especially on a Friday evening.  

In terms of a future Hammers team, THL’s plans will almost certainly  be impacted by decisions surrounding the location of the new Lower Thames Crossing, while maintaining good relations with Thurrock Council which is  in the process of writing its new ‘Local Plan’-  an important planning document that will influence how the Borough  plans its land use policies over the next 15 -20 years.

Land Values/Land Use

Land values are not subject to the normal laws of supply and demand with the planning application process often creating artificial shortages which inflates prices.

This seems particularly relevant when it comes to the loss of tracks in the London area.

According to an article published by James Gleeson, it’s clear that house prices in London and the South East, as measured by average value of a square metre, are much higher than elsewhere in the country so it’s logical to conclude that this premium would encourage speculators, developers and house builders to acquire and develop land thereby putting important, and relatively valuable, stadia and facilities at risk.

Down in Thurrock, given the change in the UK economy brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be especially interesting to see how the development plans progress at sites like the Arena Essex.

Although doing so would go completely against the arguments of a ‘lack of need’ or ‘demand’, could the new owners consider delaying the housing development on the site and look for temporary tenants some of whom might reintroduce motorsport, including speedway, to produce some income in the meantime?

According to a comprehensive University of Sheffield study published in 2017, just 5.9% of the UK is built upon.

Professor Alisdair Rae, and his team of researchers concluded that while “it may feel like a very densely populated urban nation, the reality is that the vast majority of the land area of the UK in not built on but given that 83% of the UK population lives in urban areas, it is not surprising that some people hold the opposite to be true.

However, from a land cover point of view, the UK is in fact dominated by pasture and arable land.

At a local level, things can be very different from the national picture, so it is important to know how land is being used as there are often competing needs. By knowing the makeup if the local landscape, it is easier to make informed decisions about how land should be used and plan for the future.”

When it comes to new builds, there are other really important factors such as care of the environment, access to green belt and to the highway network but with regards to the basic question of availability of land, surely there’s enough space to accommodate speedway, even in the crowded South East.

Other Sports Experience

Speedway clubs are not alone when it comes to the loss of their grounds. A recently published book called ‘The Cemetery End’ commiserates the loss of 350 (yes, three hundred and fifty!) football grounds across the UK over the past 25 years.

In Thurrock, both Grays Athletic and Aveley have been forced, or chosen, to move from their original grounds in the last decade due to local housing demand pressure. Thurrock FC simply ran out of money in 2017 and their stadium lies empty and unused.  

With the proactive assistance of the local council in its provision of land, Aveley FC was able to find alternative (replacement) facilities and although Grays Athletic currently ground share at Aveley’s new Parkside home, they too have an active campaign to have a ground of their own again.  

Since the introduction of the professional era in 1995, Rugby Union has seen new grounds built for Premiership clubs at Exeter, Worcester and Saracens.

However, the experiences of (formerly London) Wasps and London Irish, who have been forced to relocate their clubs regularly over the past two decades, suggests that security of tenure is not a problem experienced exclusively by speedway clubs.

Conclusion

Building a new speedway track in London &/or the South East in the 2020s will be a challenge.

Although long standing speedway fans are a hardy bunch, even these fans demand higher levels of comfort and convenience than they used to.

Efficient access to and from a stadium will be crucial too and with a significantly younger age demographic, it will be vital to accommodate fans in a modern, cost effective and creative way.

The price of land is higher in the South and when it comes to construction, labour costs could be higher too.

As for the Thurrock Hammers, we believe that our strategy of insisting that national planning regulations and policies are followed will unlock both the land and the investment and working capital needed to build a new facility.

Building a track without riders to use it would be a complete waste of time so, in the meantime, we will stay connected with developing on-track talent by supporting riders, primarily at MSDL and National League level.

More Fans in a Great Facility, with the highest possible level of community engagement is our goal and one we hope can be embraced by all who love our sport.

Mark Sexton – Director Thurrock Hammers Ltd.

Click here to learn about our Campaign to return Speedway to Thurrock or click on the image below to sign our petition or to submit a letter of support.

References

https://jamesjgleeson.wordpress.com/

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/bulletins/annualmidyearpopulationestimates/mid2019

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/land-cover-atlas-uk-1.744440

Image Credits: Rafal Wlosek, Tiffani Graveling Photography, Derek Leader & TGS Photo

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The Thurrock Hammers are delighted to offer for sale another original piece of bespoke club memorabilia.

Created in 2020 for the HammersTime evening, the A3 board celebrates the history of the Hammers from the club’s humble beginnings in 1984 to the close of the Arena Essex Raceway in 2018.

The board, which measures 29.7 cm by 42cm,  features action shots of nine of the Hammers most influential and popular riders including 80’s legend Andrew Silver, track record holder Andreas Jonsson, modern-day hero Richard Lawson and current team Captain and loyal Hammer Ben Morley.

For just £17.99, we will produce, pack and post your very own piece of history to you.

Please email russell@thurrockhammers.com for details of how to pay and to provide details of where to send this superb piece of Hammers History.

We will also be auctioning a one off signed Hammers bib from the HammersTime evening in the coming weeks.

Along with the memory boards, all proceeds are re-invested back into the club.

Following a number of inquiries, the Hammers are also looking to produce a limited range of high quality Merchandise, full details to follow shortly.

Main background image Credit: TGS Photo

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Keeping Our Campaign on Track – YOU CAN HELP!! https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/keeping-our-campaign-on-track-you-can-help/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/keeping-our-campaign-on-track-you-can-help/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:21:31 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=3103 The Lakeside Hammers raced at the Arena Essex Raceway until September 2018 when the Raceway complex closed after being sold for re-development. The club’s licence is currently on ice until the club finds a new home in the Thurrock district. Speedway is a fantastic, family friendly sport and until 2018, ran in the borough for […]

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The Lakeside Hammers raced at the Arena Essex Raceway until September 2018 when the Raceway complex closed after being sold for re-development. The club’s licence is currently on ice until the club finds a new home in the Thurrock district.

Speedway is a fantastic, family friendly sport and until 2018, ran in the borough for over 30 years. Thurrock remains the ideal location for a new facility and is a growing community that deserves the exciting, top class sport that speedway provides.

We have a great relationship with Thurrock Council but we still need to show local decision makers how much support the club enjoys and how determined we all are to see the Hammers race again.

Our petition is available online and we have a target of getting 5,000 signatures. Please click on the image to launch and sign the petition.

Along with signing our petition, fans and local Thurrock residents can also send a letter of support, via email or post, to Cllr. Mark Coxshall, the Head of Planning and Regeneration, or to any Councillor at Thurrock Council (see contact details below)

mcoxshall@thurrock.gov.uk

You can either write expressing your own views as to why the Hammers should return to Thurrock, or you can use our pre-drafted letter. Please click on the Download Now button below, and our newly drafted letter will launch in Word.

Thurrock Council’s Planning Committee deals with matters relating to town and country planning and development control, including the determination of planning applications.

We must be proactive and make the committee’s members aware of our campaign. In order to do this, you can submit a letter of support by email or post.

The names of key contacts are listed below (each link next to the Councillor will launch their biography, which contains their e-mail address) along with the main postal address.

Planning Committee Members :

Tom Kelly (Chair) Planning Committee

Mike Fletcher (Vice Chair) Planning Committee

Members:

Support officer: Wendy Le, Democratic Services Officer. Email: Direct.Democracy@thurrock.gov.uk

Phone: 01375 652107

Email: Direct.Democracy@thurrock.gov.uk

Web site: http://www.thurrock.gov.uk

Other Key Personnel

Lyn Carpenter: Chief Executive: please write to Lyn at the Council

Andy Millard: Director of Place: please write to Andy at the Council

Postal Address:

Thurrock Council,
Civic Offices,
New Road,
Grays,
Essex
RM17 6SL

Democratic accountability is a very important part of our strategy. Please help us to return speedway to Thurrock.

Thank you for your support.

#WeAreThurrocksHammers

Image Credit: Tiffani Graveling Photography

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HammersTime event https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/hammerstime-event/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/hammerstime-event/#respond Sun, 02 Feb 2020 18:20:24 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=2946 The Thurrock Hammers would like to extend their thanks to all who attended last nights HammersTime event at The Thurrock Hotel. The club directors provided an update on the current campaign to return the sport to Thurrock, focussing primarily on the planning application strategy, and news that the club aims to hold, at the very […]

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The Thurrock Hammers would like to extend their thanks to all who attended last nights HammersTime event at The Thurrock Hotel.

The club directors provided an update on the current campaign to return the sport to Thurrock, focussing primarily on the planning application strategy, and news that the club aims to hold, at the very least, a number of National League standard Challenge matches in 2020, whilst also exploring additional options to maintain the clubs name on track.

The sold out event then saw former Hammers Andrew Silver, Ian Humphreys, Danny King, Ben Morley and Jason Edwards interviewed by the voice of the Raceway Andy Young.

Hammers Director Mark Sexton commented:

“We were absolutely thrilled to stage this event and delighted to see the room full of Hammers supporters.

It’s brilliant to know the club has such a loyal fanbase.  

Obviously the devastatingly sad news about Danny Ayres cast a very dark shadow over proceedings but in all other aspects the evening was a huge success.

The Thurrock Hammers would like to extend special thanks to Arena legends Andrew Silver and Ian Humphreys who entertained everyone with their tales of yesteryear and to modern day stars Danny King, Ben Morley and Jason Edwards who all spoke passionately and eloquently about their time in the sport so far and their plans for 2020. 

We would also like to thank The Thurrock Hotel for providing the Belmont Suite, Ian Jordan & the Eastbourne Eagles, ReRun productions, Sandra Gibbons & The Dirt Track show for their generous raffle prizes and to everyone in attendance for purchasing tickets.

Finally we would like to thank our compere Andy Young for hosting the event in such a superb and entertaining manner.

We hope everyone who came along enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing Hammers fans trackside during the upcoming season.”

This post is in memory of Danny Ayres. One of the modern day entertainers in a sport we all love.

A selection of images below. Click on an image to enlarge.

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#HammersTime, tonight at The Thurrock Hotel https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/hammerstime-tonight-at-the-thurrock-hotel/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/hammerstime-tonight-at-the-thurrock-hotel/#respond Sat, 01 Feb 2020 09:44:33 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=2933 The Thurrock Hammers are all set for tonight’s sold out #HammersTime event, which takes place in the Belmont Suite at The Thurrock Hotel. (Address can be found here) The doors to the event open at 7pm, with all registered ticket holders’ names cross checked against the confirmed ticket list.  A free drink voucher will be […]

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The Thurrock Hammers are all set for tonight’s sold out #HammersTime event, which takes place in the Belmont Suite at The Thurrock Hotel. (Address can be found here)

The doors to the event open at 7pm, with all registered ticket holders’ names cross checked against the confirmed ticket list.  A free drink voucher will be provided at this point, to be redeemed at the bar during the evening. 

To access the Belmont suite, please enter the main Thurrock Hotel entrance, turn right and follow the corridor around and enter the suite through the first set of doors on the right.  There is ample parking in the grounds of the hotel.

The evening is scheduled to start at 7.30pm with the Thurrock Hammers Directors providing a brief update on the current campaign for the return of speedway to Thurrock. 

Following a short interval, the main event will then see the voice of the Raceway, Andy Young, chatting all things Hammers with our special Hammers legends Ben Morley, Jason Edwards, Danny King followed by Ian Humphreys and Andrew Silver. Each section will end with a Q&A session, so please have your questions ready!

All riders will be available to chat and take pictures with before the event starts, and during the two scheduled intervals during the evening.

Raffle tickets (£2 a strip or 3 strips for £5), with funds helping to maintain the campaign and pay for any related rider costs throughout the season, will also be available with a number of prizes including tickets to the Dirt Track show,  Four tickets to watch the Eastbourne Eagles, a Speedway Charm, a signed A3 pitboard of the five Hammers and the top prize of a signed Hammers Race bib all up for grabs.

We look forward to seeing you all tonight & hope that you enjoy the evening.

Mark, Russell & Ian.

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Stuart Robson Farewell https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/stuart-robson-farewell/ https://www.thurrockhammers.com/blog/stuart-robson-farewell/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:04:06 +0000 https://www.thurrockhammers.com/?p=2927 Former Hammers Legend Stuart Robson holds his farewell meeting at Redcars Media Prima Arena on Saturday 21st March. Robbo, who retired from professional racing last year after a long and illustrious career, is looking for any sponsorship for the meeting, should any Hammers fans be able to help. Full details and contact information can be […]

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Former Hammers Legend Stuart Robson holds his farewell meeting at Redcars Media Prima Arena on Saturday 21st March.

Robbo, who retired from professional racing last year after a long and illustrious career, is looking for any sponsorship for the meeting, should any Hammers fans be able to help.

Full details and contact information can be found on Robbos Farewell Meeting Facebook page here.

Main image credit: TGS Photo

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