A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Pedestrian Crossing

Once every year, the Chelmsford Borough Council relaxes the normally stringent criteria for the siting of pedestrian crossings and grants permission for a 'Social' crossing. It was the turn of Galleywood to benefit from this arrangement in 1995. The Crossing has been installed in Watchouse Road providing a long awaited safer access to the shops, just above the junction with Well Lane. Several parking spaces in the lay-by have been lost to a widened pavement with a barrier fence to improve visibility for vehicles approaching down Watchouse Road. The operation required the re-siting of the Post Box to outside the Newsagent's shop.

Rainbow Club Protest

"Over seventy five people attended a public meeting held at the Keene Hall on the 26th October to protest at the proposal by the Essex County Youth Service to withdraw support for the Rainbow pre-school club in order to redevelop the premises to cater for an older age group.

The chairman of the meeting, Parish Council chairman Ted Hawkins, introduced representatives of the County Youth Service and outlined the background to the Club which had been open for over twenty five years and was currently catering for fifty-five local children for five mornings each week. Maureen Leigh, chairman of the playgroup, spoke of the strong local feeling aroused by the threat to close the club, and protested at the lack of response to their repeated appeals to the County Authority for clarification of the proposals. Tim Wakely, representing the Youth Service, responded by apologising for the way the situation had been handled, and expressed the hope that the evening's discussion would help both sides find a way forward. His responses to a number of searching questions did little to satisfy his audience. They were more reassured however by the closing remarks of County Councillor Paul White who gave his undertaking to seek a conclusion that would be acceptable to Galleywood residents."

The Secret of a Happy Marriage

Harry and Daisy Dennis celebrated their 60 years together in a Diamond Wedding celebration with their family in July. Harry was born in Chelmsford and came to Galleywood in 1935 when he met Daisy who was working at Hoffmans. He started work at Burrells, the builder, in The Street, at the age of fifteen and continued with the firm when it was bought by Peter Horsnell. He eventually became foreman and stayed for fifty years until his retirement. He says 'The secret of a happy marriage is to find a good woman, good wife and good mother and the rest will follow'.

VJ Service and Dedication of New Parish Flagpole

A Service to Commemorate VJ Day (Victory in Japan - 1945) was attended by over 300 people at the Keene Hall on Monday, 14th August. It was organised by the Parish Council in conjunction with the Galleywood branch of the British Legion and the Chelmsford & District branch of the Burma Star Association and conducted by The Reverend Roger Wakeley, Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Church. Present were the Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Christopher Holmes, Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Janette Potter, Council Chairman Ted Hawkins with members of the Parish Council and representatives from the armed services and civic organisations. The Essex Sea Cadets formed a Guard of Honour and the Air Cadets performed escort duties. Standard bearers from the Royal British Legion, Burma Star and Royal Naval and RAF Associations took part in the Service at which the newly erected Parish flagpole was dedicated.


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