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

1995

Almost a White Christmas

Snow started falling on Boxing Day evening and by the following morning the Parish was covered by several inches. Temperatures remained low for several days.

Art Club Annual Show

"This yearly event regularly attracts a large crowd of visitors to the Keene Hall and Lodge Room. The showing of pictures by the club's members is supplemented by a dozen or so stalls presenting a wide range of craft work. The club displayed over 175 pictures , many of local scenes, in a variety of media. This year's show, which raised over £700 to be divided amongst several charities, was ably organised by the chairman, Ray Fullerton, supported by secretary, Maureen Stoneham.

The club meets every Tuesday afternoon throughout the year at the vicarage hall in Beehive Lane. The fifty active members pay a subscription of £12.50 with a further 100 or so associate members paying £2.50. The programme includes demonstrations, talks and trips to places of interest. Occasional exhibitions are held by invitation at other local venues, raising funds for a variety of good causes."

Boxing Day Hunt Meet

The traditional Boxing Day Hunt meeting at The Horse and Groom Pub on Galleywood Common has been called off . The Essex Farmers and Union Hunt say they can no longer support two hunts on the same day and will meet at Maldon High Street. They will be holding hunts at both venues on New Year's Day.

Can the Village Fete be Revived?

The Parish council has expressed its desire that some form of village Fete may be possible in 1996. They would like to see an event that would pull together local organisations, clubs and societies. Organisation could be the responsibility of two Parish Councillors with the assistance of interested parties. The co-operation of landowners and parishioners would be encouraged in an event designed to foster the 'village at heart'. It will be the subject of ongoing discussion at future meetings this year.

Face-lift for the Watchouse Road Shopping Area

The open space in front of the shops has been fenced off for several weeks while contractors rebuild the central area. The pebbles set in concrete - no doubt originally designed to deter skateboarders and games of football - have been taken up and replaced with the now ubiquitous coloured paving blocks. The trees are now set in large beds which will be planted with a variety of shrubs in due course. A sign, erected on the pavement, now indicates the library, shops and toilets.

1995

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