A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Parents learn about Drugs

As part of the on-going campaign by Essex Police to educate people about drug abuse, the Parish Council arranged a meeting in Keene Hall entitled 'Your Children and Drugs'. Over 100 people went along to hear PCs Steve Simmons and Kevin Bailey talk about the wide range of drugs available and what parents should look out for if they suspect their children are taking them. PC Bailey said 'We urge the community to help us in the war against drugs by letting us know of any dealers in the neighbourhood.'

Parklands Farm lambs on view

Once again the Howard family invited the public to see the new born lambs at their farm at Parklands in Lower Green . Since the first event in 1992, the occasion has raised funds for St Michael's Church, BLISS, The Malcolm Seargeant Cancer Fund and Children's Haven. Proceeds from this year were passed to the deputy Mayor, Councillor Janette Potter for the Mayor's Charity.

Ron gets his Reward

A familiar figure around the streets of the village is Ron Doubleday who spends several days each week picking up litter. He offered his services to the Parish Council when he retired seven years ago and has now been awarded the Gold Award of the Cleaner Chelmsford Campaign . It was presented to him by the campaign committee chairman, Councillor Christine Barrett. Ron lives in Archers Way.

School Cook Retires

"After cooking dinners at Galleywood County Infants School for thirty years, Heather Holland retired at half term this year. Starting as a kitchen assistant in 1966, Heather rose to become assistant cook and twelve years ago took charge of the kitchen. She saw the change from what she called 'real dinners, with roast meat and gravy' to the convenience meals of the nineties. 'The choice now is much wider, and they are more popular with the children'. The school celebrated her retirement with the gift of a gold necklace and a garden chair.

Heather was born in Well Lane and now lives in Pyms Road. She made her own parting gift to the school in the form of two trees which she planted in the school grounds."

Short Mat Marathon

Members of the Short Mat Bowls Club took part in a twelve hour bowling marathon to raise funds for the planned Little Haven Hospice in Raleigh. The event was won by Galleywood chairman, Marion Rook, and a cheque for £500 was handed to Brian Morgan, the fund raising manager for Little Haven.


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