A snapshot of life in the village from 1987 - 2007 compiled by the Parish History Recorder DAVID STACY

1987

Pamela Spilsbury heads for the Rockies

Student Pamela Spilsbury, 19, is setting off from her home in Horse and Groom Lane for a 12 week trip to the Rockies and the Appalachian Mountains in the USA. She will be taking part in Operation Raleigh and is hoping to do some sea diving off the East Coast. She has been preparing for the trip by training with the sub-aqua club at Felsted School.

A former pupil at Great Baddow School, Pamela plans to study Biology. She is also a keen sportswoman and plays hockey for Chelmsford. Funds for her trip have been raised by her former headmaster, friends, college students and a local charity.

Horticultural Society Jubilee

The Horticultural Society is 75 years old this year. Chairman Ted Loxley says, however, that "its salad days may be over. This sort of thing doesn’t appeal to youngsters today. It's mainly middle aged pensioners who keep it going." Secretary Mrs Irene Randall looked back through the pages of their records from the 20s and 30s "It was more of a village fair then, with all sorts of sports. They used to go on well into the evening. The marquee cost 15 shillings to hire in 1935 - now it is £206"

Farewell Party for Pat Wortledge

Over 200 children and parents attended a surprise party to say farewell to their nursery school teacher. Pat Wortledge had run their school in a small garden building for over twenty years. After her retirement last term,  parents began planning the farewell presentation which took place at the home of Chris Edwards in Private Road. Chris had sent three of his children to the school. Felicity Coughlan was responsible for much of the preparation for the event.

Red Rum at the Running Mare

Champion race horse Red Rum was guest of honour at The Running Mare Pub in August. With his trainer, Ginger McCain, he was the focus of attention when the refurbished pub was re-opened by the managing director of Romford Brewery, Alan Davis.

Sun shines on the Carnival

Several thousand people enjoyed the annual Carnival and procession in July.  Carnival Queen Lisa Swift, with her deputy Sue Abbott, and Princesses Tania Jeffries and Hayley Swift, were joined by eleven visiting carnival queens. The prize for the best decorated float went to Galleywood Infants' Parents' Association with the Social Club taking first place in the trade category. The tug of war was won, for the sixth year in succession by a team from Brunnings the builders. The chairman of the Carnival Association, Jon Smee, said the occasion was a resounding success. The street collection raised £290.00 which was a record. The final proceeds of the whole event were split between the Community Care Association and the Community Lunch Club.

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