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


Management Plan for The Common

"The Parks and Recreation department of the Borough Council has produced a detailed habitat analysis and draft conservation plan for The Common. They commissioned The Essex Naturalists Trust to prepare a comprehensive report which summarises the background history, geology and biology of the site, and flora and fauna of the different habitats, with a five year plan for conservation. The plan also comments on matters of Public Access, Car Parking, Horse Riding and control of litter.

The introduction confirms that the freehold is held by Chelmsford Borough Council and that three registered Commoners have the following rights:

  • JW Valentine to graze 2 animals.
  • KE Howard to graze 50 animals.
  • J Chaplin to graze 30 head of cattle

The survey lists the several hundred plants that exist on The Common including a number of rare species."

Parish Office gets Computerised

An Amstrad 2086 with Scribe 75 software package was installed in the Parish Office on February at a cost of £1190. In May, Lotus Symphony was added and the clerk will attend a course on the use of the Symphony Database.

Swimming pool death man took his own life

A Galleywood Company director who died in his own swimming pool in January was suffering from severe depression and took his own life; a Chelmsford inquest heard. David Owen, 51 was found dead in his outdoor swimming pool on Sunday afternoon January 13. A police report revealed that Mr Owen had removed his coat and folded it neatly with his wellington boots placed together at the pool side. A note was also found at Mr Owen’s home. Coroner Dr Malcolm Weir told last weeks inquest, 'Mr Owen was obviously very distressed and it is sad that I must record a verdict without taking into account the event leading up to his death. He knew what he was doing as he unhooked the tarpaulin covering the swimming pool.' Mrs Eileen Owen was moved to tears as she described her husband's state of mind. She said 'He was worrying about everything. He felt everything was crashing in on him and he got things totally out of proportion. He was worried about the maintenance of the swimming pool when he had no need to. I realise now just how ill he was.' Mr Owen was being treated for depression by his GP and a doctor had been called to visit him shortly before his death. The cause of death was recorded as suffocation due to drowning.

Village Sign

The Parish Council has commissioned a village sign which has been erected near the library in the shopping precinct. It is double sided and is engraved in wood and shows a scene of Galleywood Common in its heyday with racehorses and jockeys in brilliant colours, the Keene Hall and the spire of St Michael's Church seen as a landmark for miles around.


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