Cottey House Flats conversion

The modernisatiation of the existing sheltered housing units at Cottey House in Watchouse Road is nearing completion. The project was carried out by the Chelmer Housing Partnership and took several years to complete. 30 Bedsits were converted to 23 two-room flats and a lift was installed. The main lounge was enlarged and an extension to…

Bygones Exhibition

More than 200 visitors attended an exhibition in the Keene Hall by the Historical Society. The subject – ‘Bygone Days of Galleywood’ – displayed various aspects of the village’s rural farming community. More than 200 photos and documents were on show, many of which had been provided by Christine Whybro. Paintings of Galleywood farms, farming…

2000 mile charity walk

Paul Gardner, 27, is setting out on a journey of a lifetime in memory of his father who died of heart disease. Starting from Trafalgar Square he is planning to walk from London to Istambul in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Paul was inspired to make the walk while reading the books of Ffyona…

Ron White – Obituary

Galleywood Historian, Ron White has died at the age of 86, just after moving to a care home in the Isle of Wight. In 1992 he had become concerned that old buildings in the village were starting to be demolished with no record of their existence being preserved for future generations. He set about photographing…

Eagle kings of the darts league

Confirming their position at the top of the Ridley League, the Eagle darts team beat Rayne Cock in the divisional champions play-off at Dunmow’s Flitch Snooker club. It was a repeat of the Eagle’s 5-2 Cup- final triumph, but the Cock could have felt disappointed that the scoreline didn’t reflect their part in the evening….

Gipsies invade Jubilee Park

A group of around 50 travellers set up camp in Jubilee Park early in September. A dozen or so caravans along with cars and lorries drove on to the field on a Monday night. Within hours the play area in the park had been taken over by youngsters from the group, prompting clashes with local…

Achievement award for Jane

Eighteen people were recognised at a ceremony in October organised by the Essex Chronicle Media Group. The Essex Achievement Awards were presented to people for exceptional service to their community during the year. Among them was Jane Head, an aerobics teacher who has led the warm-up session for thousands of women taking part in the…