A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Messiah comes to Galleywood

St. Michael's church was packed on Good Friday to hear a performance of Handel's Oratorio, 'Messiah'. Local singers joined with the regulars at the church to form a choir of 62 voices. Ian Cruse and Edward Taylor shared duties on the organ and keyboard, with Emily Connor on Cello and the essential support on trumpets by Nick Perry and Jonathan Spencer.
Soloists were Angela Aries, Soprano; Sue Cruse, Alto; Matthew Butt, Tenor; and Russell Gill, Bass. The performance was conducted by St. Michael's choir leader, Tim Brockington.

Millennium Footpath Opened

The Parish Council, in association with the owners of Parklands Farm have opened a new footpath to celebrate the Millennium. It runs through the farm and fifty trees have been planted to enhance the walk. They include Oak, Ash, Maple, and Cherry. At a brief ceremony to mark the occasion, the Council Chairman, Ted Hawkins, said 'It’s a lovely set of walks through undulating countryside. You can be miles away. It's nice to have and will be well used.'

Millennium Presentations

To mark the Millennium, the Parish Council is giving special editions of the Bible to St. Michael's church on The Common and the Methodist chapel in Well Lane. These Lectern editions, bound in Red Persian Morocco leather have been inscribed by local artist Jackie Crosby and will be presented by the chairman during Sunday services at the churches. Hand made wooden benches are also being given to each of the three schools in the village and a black and gold Victoriana style seat is to be installed at the shopping area in Watchouse Road.

Music on The Common

On the first Sunday in the month, from June to October, local musicians have been playing in St. Michael's Church during the afternoon. Ed Taylor, a gifted young student, gave a brilliant hour of organ music. On another Sunday an instrumental group was led by Tim Brockington, the Choir Leader. Stephen Want, an occasional organist at the church, played the organ and accompanied his daughter, Hannah as she played the violin. In a change of style, Ken Adam entertained a large audience with an afternoon of Jazz, supported by the Esser Family on Trombone, Bass Guitar and Drums. And in the final performance, Ken Adam returned to accompany one of his music students, Kyoko Fujisawa, a promising flautist making her first public appearance since arriving in England.

New Map of the Village

A new map for the Parish has been unveiled at a ceremony held by the Parish Council. The map was designed and drawn by local artist Jackie Crosby and shows all roads, footpaths, bridleways and places of interest in Galleywood. The NatWest bank in Great Baddow provided £500 towards the cost of production and the map is now displayed outside the entrance to the Keene Hall.


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