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

2004

Roy returns as chairman

After an absence of a year, Roy Moore has been re-elected chairman of the local Conservative Association. The officers and committee members for the coming year are: Vice chairman, Bob Villa, Secretary and Treasurer, Graham Mundy, Social Officer Ted Hawkins, Committee, Barbara Hawkins, David Hampshire, Janette Potter, David Stevenson, and Val Villa. Roy Moore continues in the role of membership officer with David Stevenson as postal and proxy votes officer. Val Villa is Press Officer.

Hunt meeting - is this the last?

Fox hunting supporters turned out in force on the Common for the Boxing Day Meet of the Essex Farmers' and Union Hunt. A handful of anti-hunt protestors were on the scene but there were no clashes. The hunt and its followers met by the Horse and Groom around 10am but proceedings were delayed because of severe frost and hard ground. Eventually about 60 riders set out and two foxes were pursued and one killed. The government ban on hunting is due to come into effect in February and it remains to be seen if this was the last meeting on the Common.

Village Market Success

The village market was launched by the Parish Council in September and has been well supported by stall holders and their customers. The market takes place in the Keene Hall on the last Friday of the month and a wide range of home produced products are on display. All items must be produced by parishioners and visitors were spoilt for choice with home grown produce, hand-made cards, flower arrangements and toys. Refreshment were provided by St Michael's Coffee Pot.

Love at first sight for Diamond couple

A Galleywood couple who first met when they were nine years old, celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in October. Iris, 78 and Cliff Head, 79 from Watchouse Road fell in love at first sight after meeting through Iris's brother when they lived in North London. They married in 1944 after Cliff took part in the D-Day landings, dropping into France in a glider to help secure the Pegasus Bridge as part of the 6th Airbourne Division. They moved to Chelmsford in 1970 and Iris worked for 17 years for Sachs and Brendlor and Cliff was a manager in the garage trade. They now have two children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Victoriana Exhibition

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the formation of the ecclesiastical boundary of the Galleywood Parish, the Council organised a Victorian Exhibition in the Keene Hall in October. A wide range of exhibits was on show including photographs, books, farming equipment and personal artifacts displayed by parishioners. Children were able to take part in Victorian school lessons using slates and chalk One of the highlights of the exhibition was the Ron White room which had been transformed by Jill Bellamy into a Victorian parlour.

2004

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