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

2000

Battle of Britain Anniversary exhibition

Despite the passage of sixty years, the dramatic scenes played out in the skies of southern England remain a vivid memory for many parishioners. At the Parish Exhibition there was no shortage of people ready to put on display their own particular memorabilia of the months when Britain was under threat of attack from the air.

Bid to end misery of Bekeswell

Councillors hope to end the problems in Bekeswell Place by spending £3000 on a barrier against rowdies and new closed-circuit television cameras. Elderly people have protested over intimidation, vandalism, noise, litter and teenage sex around the Council-run accommodation. The new set-up aims to help protect 30 people including 19 frail residents. Councillor Janette Potter described it as Galleywood's slum and criticised a Council clean up of the site by two van-loads of workers just two hours before a fact finding visit by the chief executive. Other measures valued at up to £70,000 have been put on hold. They include agreeing with the local GP new access arrangements for the surgery and talking to the Co-op about store redesign.

Changes at Keene Hall

The increasing volume of work at the Parish Office in Keene Hall has prompted the Councillors and Trustees to reorganise the office space. Committee room One, on the first floor over the entrance lobby, has been converted into an office which will be occupied by Jane Head, the Parish Clerk. The downstairs office will continue to be used as a reception for visitors. Pauline Edwards will still be here dealing with all matters relating to hiring of rooms and she will be joined by Lynne Hilkene taking on the role of secretary to the Parish Clerk.

As a consequence of these changes, a new window has been installed in Committee room Two, to the rear of the Lodge Room, to make this room more suitable for small meetings. This room will be renamed 'The Ron White Room'.

Environment Award for village

The Parish Council’s commitment to improving the environment has been recognised with a Silver Plaque in the national Green Apple Millennium Heritage Awards. The scheme is promoted by the Green Organisation, a major independent group dedicated to promoting environmental endeavours among companies, corporations and communities. As a result of this success, the Council has received an invitation to take part in a national forum on environmental improvement. A bronze award was also won by our neighbouring parish at Stock.

Gold Award for Galleywood Pub

Quality floral decorations and a good standard of cleanliness have won the Eagle Public House a Gold Award from the Cleaner Chelmsford Campaign. The award was presented by the chairman of the committee, councillor David Jones. David and Kandy Moore have run the pub for five years and the award recognised their efforts in keeping the pub and surrounding area clean and tidy. The flower tubs and baskets also put them in the finals of the 'Ridleys in Bloom' competition run by the brewery earlier in the year.

2000

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