A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Mr History hands over village photos

At the age of 84 Ron White has handed over to the Parish Council his vast collection of photos of people and places in Galleywood. Ron has been a keen photographer since he was a boy and then a student at the Mid Essex Technical college in the 1930s. When he saw an 18th century house being demolished in Skinners Lane in 1991 he realised that the old village was disappearing and so set about recording the roads and buildings on camera. Following a heart operation last year he decided that this unique archive should be found a home where it can be made available to a wider audience. The collection was received by the parish chairman, John Turkentine and vice chairman Janette Potter.

Junk Swap

A new concept in recycling was sponsored by the Borough Council in March. The public were invited to bring along to the Keene Hall unwanted household items. They were then able to take away anything that took their fancy, with no money changing hands. Items had to be non-hazardous, non-toxic and non-electrical. Knives, household chemicals, light fittings and soft furnishings without a fire proof label were banned. A special section was arranged for old Mobile Phones, Spectacles, Printer Cartridges and Computer equipment that was to be passed on to Charities. Staff from the Council were present to advise on all aspects of recycling with a wide range of posters and leaflets on the subject.

A short questionnaire was offered to gauge public awareness on the issue and the need to divert waste from landfill sites. Most who came along were grateful for the opportunity to clear out unwanted items and some went away with some new treasures. By closing time at mid day, there was, however, a considerable residue of stuff that could not find a new owner and the Council were left to collect this for further sorting elsewhere.

Footpaths Map

The production of a map showing footpaths around the Parish has been long in preparation. The final product was launched by the Parish Council at Whitsun and shows all bridleways, footpaths, permissive paths, streets, view points and places of natural beauty and historic interest. It will be available free to all parishioners and will be launched with two guided walks around the village.

Racecourse history

The exciting days of racing on the racecourse on the Common were vividly recounted at a meeting of the Historical Society by Ted Hawkins. His account featured the history of the national champion Golden Miller and his winning performances at Galleywood. Ted's dramatic picture showing a race in progress across Margaretting road in 1929 came vividly to life when Ronald Eve announced that he was the two-year old baby in the pram in the picture. The Society confirmed its commitment to encourage the Borough Council to preserve the white rails of the racecourse which are icons of this once famous era in the village history.


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