School launches their CD

Pupils at Galleywood Infants School and St. Michael’s Junior School have made their contribution to the Millennium celebrations by making a CD called ‘Galleywood 2000’ More than 100 pupils performed songs and as well as featuring tracks from the two schools the CD includes contributions from Jubilee Park Pre School, St. Michael’s church, Galleywood Methodist…

Ron White Room is Named

A small ceremony was held at the Keene Hall at the end of July at which Ron White was invited to formally open Committee room Two, re-named in his honour. The chairman of the Trustees, David Stevenson, acknowledged the considerable archive of photos, documents, video and tape recordings that Ron had accumulated and thanked him…

Plea for Race Course Icons

The chairman of Galleywood Common Association has issued a rally call to save the rails which still mark the route of the old race course. Large crowds used to gather at the Common to watch horse racing until the course closed in 1937. Writing in the GCA newsletter, David Stacy said ‘They are icons of…

Phone Mast Fears

Residents have objected to plans to erect a 15 metre high mobile phone mast in the grounds of Essex and Suffolk Water behind the Keene Hall. Permission was refused by the Borough Council last year but Mercury One-to-One has decided to appeal. About thirty residents came to a planning meeting at Keene Hall where concerns…

New Map of the Village

A new map for the Parish has been unveiled at a ceremony held by the Parish Council. The map was designed and drawn by local artist Jackie Crosby and shows all roads, footpaths, bridleways and places of interest in Galleywood. The NatWest bank in Great Baddow provided £500 towards the cost of production and the…

Music on The Common

On the first Sunday in the month, from June to October, local musicians have been playing in St. Michael’s Church during the afternoon. Ed Taylor, a gifted young student, gave a brilliant hour of organ music. On another Sunday an instrumental group was led by Tim Brockington, the Choir Leader. Stephen Want, an occasional organist…

Millennium Presentations

To mark the Millennium, the Parish Council is giving special editions of the Bible to St. Michael’s church on The Common and the Methodist chapel in Well Lane. These Lectern editions, bound in Red Persian Morocco leather have been inscribed by local artist Jackie Crosby and will be presented by the chairman during Sunday services…

Millennium Footpath Opened

The Parish Council, in association with the owners of Parklands Farm have opened a new footpath to celebrate the Millennium. It runs through the farm and fifty trees have been planted to enhance the walk. They include Oak, Ash, Maple, and Cherry. At a brief ceremony to mark the occasion, the Council Chairman, Ted Hawkins,…

Messiah comes to Galleywood

St. Michael’s church was packed on Good Friday to hear a performance of Handel’s Oratorio, ‘Messiah’. Local singers joined with the regulars at the church to form a choir of 62 voices. Ian Cruse and Edward Taylor shared duties on the organ and keyboard, with Emily Connor on Cello and the essential support on trumpets…