Sixty years of marriage

Galleywood historian Ron White and his wife Dorrie celebrated their diamond wedding in August. Ron’s work on his archive of pictures and photos of people and places in the village came to an end when he passed on his collection to the Parish council in 2004. The couple met during the Second World War when…

Presentation to George Allen

After 24 years dedicated service as a Parish councillor, George Allen has reluctantly tendered his resignation. His service started with Great Baddow Parish Council and continued with Galleywood when the new Parish was formed. Chairman John Turkentine said he was delighted to present George with a Galleywood Parish Council Rose Bowl and Mrs Allen received…

Midwife of the year

Dawn Jacobs of Cannon Leys has been named Midwife of the year by Practical Parenting magazine after saving a mother from a rare life-threatening birth complication. Dawn was attending Maxine Geurts during the birth of her fourth baby at St John’s Hospital. Maxine collapsed with a condition known as Amniotic Fluid Embolism and it was…

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….

Silver Surfers event

Eight parishioners took an active interest in a special event staged at the Village Market in May. Three laptops were connected to the internet via a wireless network. A projector displayed a continuous slide-show of various websites, interspersed with a display of online TV and local radio programmes. Visitors were encouraged to talk about their…

More green in the village

Pupils from Galleywood Infants and St Michael’s Junior School were joined by villagers and parish councillors in planting 150 beech trees in Watchouse Road next to the Social club. The project was funded by the parish council and the borough council. Parish council chairman John Turkentine said ‘In future years this will not only enhance…

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…

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…

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…