The 2001 Census

In 2001 the government conducted a census of every home in the country. Despite instances of spoilt and missing returns, the project is regarded as statistically correct as it’s ever likely to be. As no sacks of forms have yet turned up on the allotments or in someone’s shed; we can assume that the figures…

Ted Retires as Chairman

Chairman of the Parish Council, Ted Hawkins, has retired from office after 12 years service on the Council. He has been a member since 1987, serving as Vice Chairman and then as Chairman. A Trustee of Keene Hall as well as a representative on the Essex Association of Local Councils; his long service to the…

Horse Fair

The annual Chelmsford Horse Fair took place this year at Carlton Farm in Beehive Lane. The appeal of this event is its old fashioned style where horses are traded by bartering. Around 1000 visitors attended to look over the 60 to 70 horses from miniature ponies to shires. A range of stalls provided other attractions…

Robbery at Threshers

A teenage girl was threatened by a robber that he would slit her throat during a raid at Threshers Off Licence in Watchouse Road. Jenny Willis was working alone when two men entered the store at around 7.30 pm. After a brief conversation one of them walked behind the counter and grabbed Miss Willis’ hair,…

MBE for David Cook

When Vi Cook heard that her husband was being recommended for an award for services to education she was sworn to secrecy. And she kept the secret. ‘I didn’t even tell our daughters!’ she proudly declares. So although almost two years were to pass before the distinguished looking envelope fell through the letterbox, she guessed…

Mike Moves

The parish of St. Michaels said goodbye to their assistant minister in January this year. The Rev. Mike McNamara came to Galleywood in 1997 from Bolton where he was Team Vicar in an inner city multi-faith community. Prior to that he had served as pastor to the Cathedral Chaplaincy in Tanzania – a mixed congregation…