A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Gas Main severed by TV Cable Layers

Parts of Barnard Road and Watchouse Road were cordoned off after contractors laying communications cables cut through a gas main. Supply to six homes was cut off and residents over a wide area complained of a smell of gas. The contractors claimed that the main was half the normal depth for this sort of service, but British Gas were not prepared to accept this excuse. They maintained that the pipe had to cross a water main at that point and this was clearly marked on the local services map. The Fire and Rescue services stood by for most of the night and the Parish Council chairman and vice chairman served them with refreshments from the Parish Emergency Centre.

Keene Hall Charity Formed

Following advice from the Charity Commissioners, the Keene Hall is to be managed independently from the Parish Council by a new body called the Keene Hall Charity. The Life Managers appointed under the original Deed of Gift between Mrs Keene and Great Baddow Parish Council now become Life Trustees and the Parish Council appointees become Trustees.

The Trustees at present are:

Life Trustees
Mr R Harman, Mr J G Cameron, Mr D W Cook

Parish Council Appointees
Cllr Mr E Hawkins, Cllr Mrs J Potter, Cllr Mr I Gowing
Cllr Mr J Clarke, Cllr Mr D Stevenson, Cllr Mr J Hutchon

The management of the hall is now independent from the Parish Council but will still receive financial support from Parish Council funds.

New Style for the Parish Annual General Meeting

"A new style 'Open Forum' meeting attracted over 100 people to the Keene Hall on the 10th April. Following the Chairman’s welcome and minutes of the last meeting, the subject of Community Policing was introduced with reports from Superintendent Bob Ward and our Local Beat Officer, Kevin Bailey. Supt. Ward confirmed his support for close co-operation with the community but underlined the pressures that the very large area covered by Chelmsford Police placed on his limited manpower and resources. The series of short reports that followed was given by Councillors on various aspects of local administration, Governors of the schools and administrators of the Keene Hall charity. The meeting then heard a short talk by Stan Church on Present and Future Cycleways in Chelmsford.

The Vice Chairman, Gordon Cameron, then outlined the future plans for Galleywood. These focused mainly on Jubilee Park, with proposals for an all-weather bowling green and tennis courts, landscaped gardens, a skate board and mountain bike area, barbecue space, nature trail and perhaps football pitches. Other areas under consideration for improvement are Twitten Green which may become a Garden of Remembrance and Pipers Tye is to be landscaped with shrubs and flowering trees.

A short question and answer session was followed by coffee and biscuits."

New Vicar for St Michael and All Angels

Nearly 350 people filled St Michael's Church to welcome the Reverend Stephen Bailey to the Parish on Tuesday, 10 September. The service of Institution and Induction was conducted by the Bishop of Bradwell, The Right Reverend Laurie Green with The Archdeacon of Southend, The venerable David Jennings.

After the induction, the new vicar was welcomed by the minister of Well Lane Methodist Church, The Rev. Robin Searle, representing local churches; The Mayor of Chelmsford, councillor Freda Mountain; The Lay chairman and Church Wardens Peter Dawson and Ivor Gardener. A party of his former parishioners at Chadwell St Mary travelled to Galleywood to attend the Service.

Packing Station site redeveloped

The storage and packing of fruit from the region has come to an end with the demolition of the Ace Fruit Packing works in Rignals Lane. A large section of the industrial site has been taken over by Taywood Homes for the construction of their Meadow View housing development. The developer is a member of the Taylor Woodrow Group of Companies and in the words of their brochure 'Meadow View offers an exclusive selection of 4 and 5 bedroom detached family homes overlooking meadows at Galleywood on the southern edge of Chelmsford.' Seven types of house are planned with prices starting at £139,995.


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