A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Design Statement launched

The culmination of nearly two years hard work by a devoted band of enthusiasts resulted in the launch of the Village Design Statement in May. The Keene Hall was set out with an impressive display of photos, maps and charts to reveal the detailed research that has gone into the production of a highly professional document printed in full colour. The views of residents were consulted at every stage as all aspects of the village scene were examined.. The Statement has received the approval of the Borough Council and is now adopted as the guidance instrument for all future development of the village. Thanks were expressed to all the team working on the project and copies will be available to all parishioners.

Parish boundary stones

Ten stones were set up more than a hundred years ago to mark the parish boundaries and John Turkentine became convinced that such substantial pieces of masonry could not have disappeared without trace. The stones marked, of course, the boundaries of the ecclesiastical parish at the time. He set about the job of tracing them and his journey involved much crawling through brambles and scrub. Some stones were lost without trace and others have subsequently been replaced with cement replicas. Others were discovered in remarkably good condition and John presented an account of his searches to the Galleywood Historical Society.

New Incumbent at the Vicarage

Following the retirement of the Rev. Stephen Bailey and his wife, Jennifer, in September 2004, St Michael's church entered a period of 'interregnum' during which the Church Council prepared a printed document to present to prospective candidates for the post of vicar. This Profile of the Parish set out a detailed description of the structure of the two congregations that make up St Michael's and the Mission that guides the worship in Galleywood. After interviewing several applicants, it was decided to invite Andy Griffiths to take up the post. Andy has been Associate Vicar in the village since early 2004. He trained as a vicar in Durham after training Christian workers in Budapest and, for two years, in France. Before coming to Galleywood, he was assistant chaplain of St Michael's in Paris. His wife, Alison has been teaching French in Slough and English as a foreign language in Budapest, Paris and Darlington. They have a daughter, Bethany, who is three and a half.

Two new councillors

The Parish council co-opted two new councillors in February this year. Mr Bob Harman makes a welcome return to the Parish after a break of some years. Now retired, Bob is keen to devote his time to voluntary activities. The second vacancy is filled by Chris Dicks, a retired police officer who is currently employed as a driving instructor for Essex Police.

Historic win by Galleywood team

Division two Galleywood overwhelmed their more illustrious visitors White Ensign in the semi final of the Premier Cup. Their opponents only chance came in the second half when a shot from inside the penalty area hit the post. Howard Mackler opened the scoring in the first half with a penalty. Thirteen minutes into the second half, Adam Mason ;let fly with a ground skimming shot that left the visitors' goal keeper standing. With 14 minutes of the game left, Sean Kinnear broke through the defence and after avoiding a tackle slotted the ball into the net to make it 3-0. Four minutes from the end a clumsy challenge near the goal line resulted in a second penalty being awarded and Sean Kinnear netted his second goal to make the final score 4-0 to put Galleywood into the final for the first time in their history.


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