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  Art Club honours its founder
  At the AGM of the Art Club in March this year, Ray Fullerton confirmed his decision to stand down as chairman. He thanked members for their support throughout the club's history since 1987. Artin Cornish presented a card and gifts on behalf of the members and thanked Ray for his work in developing the club. Members voted unanimously to offer Mr Fullerton life membership of the club and the position of Honorary President. His place as chairman is to be taken by local artist Colin Steed. Gordon Cook was elected treasurer.
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  Galleywood Newsletter Launched
  The threat of housing development at Pipers Tye drew together a group of residents to form the Village Protection Group. During the resulting campaign to foster public support they developed a smooth organisation to disseminate information They are now drawing on these skills to produce a Galleywood Newsletter which will be distributed free to every house in the village. The first edition is accompanied by an Information Folder giving details of local public services and contact details of over forty local organisations. The material is produced by Alan and Shirley Thomas who also offer a large print version.
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  Moral Code adopted by Councillors
  At their meeting early in March, Parish councillors adopted the 'Moral Code of Conduct Order 2001'. The Code seeks to ensure the integrity and transparency of all activities by councillors when conducting the business of the Council. Personal interests in matters under discussion will be declared. Prejudicial interest is one that 'a member of the public with knowledge of the relevant facts would regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a member's judgement of the public interest.' Any member with a prejudicial interest would be required to withdraw from the room where a meeting is being held. A Register of Interests is being compiled which will be held available for public inspection.
  Source: www.hmso.gov.uk Year: 2002
  Outstanding Villagers
  At the Annual Parish Meeting, four people who have each made an outstanding contribution to the village over the past four years were presented with special awards.

Ray Thorne has been Social secretary of the Galleywood Social Club, governor of St. Michael’s Junior School and Galleywood Infant’s School and is currently chairman of the finance committee. He has served as a councillor on both Parish and Borough and was deputy mayor of Chelmsford in 1993.

Stan Church is an enthusiastic supporter of all Parish exhibitions. He was secretary of Galleywood football club and is a member of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the Parish's footpaths committee.

Charles Comport joined Galleywood Community Care in 1982, becoming chairman in 1985 and secretary in 1989. For 12 years he has helped with the weekly coffee mornings at Bekeswell Place, transporting goods and passengers.

David Stacy has been chairman and newsletter editor for Galleywood Common Association for 13 years. For the past three years he has chaired the Historical Society and been a Trustee of The Keene Hall. He has been writing the Galleywood Diary since 1995.
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  Parish celebrates the Queens Golden Jubilee
  Lunch for Pensioners

Early in June the Parish Council organised a lunch for 75 pensioners in The Keene Hall. For a modest £3.50 they were treated to Chicken, Potatoes, Sausages and Vegetables followed by a cold sweet course, all prepared under the supervision of Councillor Janette Potter. The Hall was awash with Red, White and Blue decoration and the festivities ended with a fancy hat competition which was won by Bonnie Andrews.


This event was followed a week later by the Exhibition of Royal Memorabilia when visitors to The Keene Hall were greeted by an impressive Red, White and Blue floral display in the entrance lobby created by Julia Bellamy who also displayed her cut-out models of the Queen on horseback on the green behind 'The Eagle'. The enduring interest in things 'Royal' brought a flood of exhibits. An impressive display of mugs, tea trays, biscuit tins, cups and saucers, medals, scrapbooks and newspaper cuttings filled the hall. There was an original front page of the News Chronicle with the story of the abdication in 1936 and a copy of the London Illustrated News dated 1911 with King George and Queen Mary in full colour. Ted Hawkins brought along a selection of books from his extensive library. The Horticultural Society filled two tables with bric a brac with Royal motifs and their centrepiece was a Union Jack constructed in flowers. The Historical Society displayed news cuttings of their chairman, David Stacy, as a King's Scout attending the wedding of the Queen and Prince Philip in Westminster Abbey. The centrepiece of their stand featured a display of lifelike models of various members of the Royal Family and prominent public figures. These were part of a collection of several hundred made by Brenda Bond Other displays were presented by the Brownies, Joan and Charles Comport, Jane Head, St. Michael's Church and Chelmsford Museum. Jubilee Mugs which had been purchased by the Parish Council for presentation to all the children in the three local schools were also on sale at the exhibition.

Jubilee flowers

The Horticultural Society made their contribution to the celebrations by constructing a new flower bed on the lawn outside Cottey House. The elderly residents will now be able to look out on a mass of yellow roses throughout the summer. The bed was planned as a low maintenance area using a horticultural membrane and a layer of bark chippings to reduce watering requirements and suppress weeds.
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