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  Access for all at St Michaels
  A special service was held at St Michael's on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate the completion of the project to provide access to the church for the disabled. The driveway and footpaths across the south side of the church have been raised to offer level access through the porch and into the church. Disabled parking is now available with new exit gates making access for cars much easier. The drive has new low- level lighting and the porch fitted with new oak doors with glazed windows. Inside, a welcome area has been installed. This incorporates a panel showing the history of the church since it was built and a display of the various current activities with photos of the clergy and people involved in the day to day organisation.
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  Community Awards
  At a meeting of the Parish Council in September, the chairman presented awards to members of the community for their outstanding contribution to the village during the current term of office April 2003 to May 2007. Carole and Brian Hale were thanked for their wide-ranging involvement with St Michael's church, Coffee Pot and Friendship Plus. A fond farewell was extended to Brian and Carole who will be moving to Bury St Edmunds in September this year. Gordon Cook received an award for his work on the Village Design Statement. He recalled his first community duty of working the organ bellows at the age of 15. John Bellamy also received a certificate for his work with the Methodist church, the Horticultural Society and the Cottage Garden Society.
  Source: Council minutes Year: 2006
  Greening Galleywood
  The Parish council has embarked on a Local Heritage Initiative to place Wildlife at the heart of the parish. The scheme will be supervised by professionals in the Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex Biodiversity Partnership. Questionnaires are to be sent to every household in the village to determine the sites that are seen to be of value. The Parish council will co ordinate the scheme with guided walks, displays and events. A grant of £25,000 has been made by the Heritage Lottery fund.
  Source: Parish council website Year: 2006
  Happiness at Rainbows end
  The future of Rainbow pre-school was uncertain after the County Council raised the rent for their premises at the Youth Centre from £3.46 per hour to £26.16 per hour over a four month period. Despite a protracted battle by manager Maureen Lee over many months, the Council refused to reconsider the rent rise. Relief came in the form of an approach by the vicar of St Michael's about the Vicarage Hall in Beehive Lane which has been unused for some time and the Rainbow group have now made this their new home. The County Council denied any desire to force Mrs Lee out. They give her an annual grant of £5000 and say they cannot give further support to a private business..
  Source: Essex Chronicle Year: 2006
  House fire tragedy prompts safety review
  The tragic death of a pensioner suffering from a form of Alzheimer's has prompted a review of fire safety precautions for people with dementia. Gordon Lee, 85, died at his home in Sharpington Close after unattended cooking is thought to have set his kitchen alight. When firefighters arrived at the scene the house was ablaze with smoke issuing from several windows. Mr Lee's wife Maureen and a neighbour had already braved the thick smoke to drag him out of the house but despite resuscitation attempts by fire crews and paramedics he died at the scene.
  Source: Essex Chronicle Year: 2006
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