Charles Cottey

Charles Cottey, MBE., of Wood Farm, known affectionately as ‘Mr Galleywood’ died this year aged 84. His long service to the Chelmsford Council was recognised in 1984 when he was elected an Honorary Alderman. He was a Parish Councillor for 34 years, a member of the Rural District Council for 21 years and a governor of many local schools over a period of 40 years. Cottey House, the warden controlled housing for the elderly in Watchouse Road, was named after him to commemorate his huge contribution to housing in the community and in particular to this development in Galleywood.  He was also a Special Constable for 30 years having enrolled in the General Strike in 1926. Devoted to the church, he served as a Churchwarden at St Michael’s Church for 30 years. At his funeral service the church was full to capacity to pay tribute to this outstanding man and give thanks for his work in the community.