A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Hockey Pitch Protest

Plans for a new international standard hockey pitch in Chelmer Park in Beehive Lane brought protests from local residents at a meeting of the Chelmsford Borough Council’s environment committee. The committee was told that although the application from Chelmsford Hockey Club described the pitch as 'international' this was misleading. The pitch was to be constructed to international standards but there were no plans to play international matches there. The application also proposed an extension to the existing sports pavilion and increased parking facilities. Concerns were expressed about increased noise and increased flood lighting. The chairman of the committee said that many of the arguments put forward were not material considerations when determining a planning application. Although the Council officers recommended approval, they agreed to a proposal by Councillor Freda Mountain that they make a site visit before coming to a decision.

Horse Power Clears The Common

As part of the ten year plan for the management of The Common, parts of the woodland are being cleared of undergrowth and brush by the Borough Council. To assist with the removal of scrub, Willows and Birch, they are using a couple of Ardennes horses. Pulling a simple sled, they are able to work over soft ground that would otherwise be severely churned up be a modern vehicle. This innovative scheme attracted the attention of press and TV and brought admiring comments from all observers.

Whats On Exhibition

The annual exhibition organised by the Parish council this year offered all the local clubs and societies an opportunity to present their activities to a wider audience. Titled 'What’s On in Galleywood' the various displays attracted a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.

Message of Support to New York

Following the terrorist attack in New York on September 11, a Book of Condolence was opened at the Parish Exhibition. The Book, together with money collected, was sent to the Mayor of New York and was acknowledged by the following letter.

Embassy of the United States of America


Dear Galleywood Parish Council,

On behalf of the Embassy Community and all of my Fellow Americans, I want to thank you for your words of comfort and moral support following the terrorist attacks on September 11. I would also like to thank you for your financial contribution. During this tragic time, I have been moved by the outpouring of sympathy from all parts of the United Kingdom. Our two nations have stood together during tough times. This occasion is a fresh test of our collective resolve. Your personal message, and those of your government, will strengthen our resolve to continue the fight against the forces of terrorism and hatred.

As President Bush said, 'Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.'

Acting together, civilised people everywhere will bring peace and security to the world. We have overcome enemies before, and with your strength and support we will do so this time as well.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.


William S. Farish

Funeral of Kosovo Soldier

The funeral of Trooper Adam Slater was held at St Michael's Church in April with full military honours. Twenty four year old Adam of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers was serving in Kosovo when his Scimitar armoured vehicle hit a landmine. He had served in the Balkans for two years and had volunteered to serve in Kosovo. His commanding officer told mourners that Adam had fulfilled his ambition to join the army when he was 22 and had quickly established himself as a successful and outstanding soldier. Adam's parents, Jean and Terry, were accompanied by their elder son, Julian and Adam's fiancee Lindy. They had planned to marry in the same church next year.


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