A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Strawberries Off The Shelf

Lathcoats Farm in Beehive Lane are claiming to be the first fruit growers in Essex to grow strawberries four foot off the ground in the open field. Philip and Stephen Taylor say the system offers many advantages. The fruit remains clean and is easy to pick. No straw is required and the risk of rotting is almost eliminated. The plants are rooted in plastic growing bags, supported on wooden shelves. The Taylors say that they are looking to develop further ways to improve the harvesting of their 'Pick your Own' fruit crops.

Tony Horsnell Retires

After more than forty years running the family building company founded by his father in 1932, Tony Horsnell retired in May this year. The firm originally occupied premises in The Street before moving to their present site near the junction of Deadman's Lane and Galleywood Road. The business is now being run by son-in-law, Richard Williams, with Bob Sidgwick and Derek Palmer and will trade as Horsnell Ltd.


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