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

2006

Greening Galleywood

The Parish council has embarked on a Local Heritage Initiative to place Wildlife at the heart of the parish. The scheme will be supervised by professionals in the Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex Biodiversity Partnership. Questionnaires are to be sent to every household in the village to determine the sites that are seen to be of value. The Parish council will co ordinate the scheme with guided walks, displays and events. A grant of £25,000 has been made by the Heritage Lottery fund.

Happiness at Rainbows end

The future of Rainbow pre-school was uncertain after the County Council raised the rent for their premises at the Youth Centre from £3.46 per hour to £26.16 per hour over a four month period. Despite a protracted battle by manager Maureen Lee over many months, the Council refused to reconsider the rent rise. Relief came in the form of an approach by the vicar of St Michael's about the Vicarage Hall in Beehive Lane which has been unused for some time and the Rainbow group have now made this their new home. The County Council denied any desire to force Mrs Lee out. They give her an annual grant of £5000 and say they cannot give further support to a private business..

House fire tragedy prompts safety review

The tragic death of a pensioner suffering from a form of Alzheimer's has prompted a review of fire safety precautions for people with dementia. Gordon Lee, 85, died at his home in Sharpington Close after unattended cooking is thought to have set his kitchen alight. When firefighters arrived at the scene the house was ablaze with smoke issuing from several windows. Mr Lee's wife Maureen and a neighbour had already braved the thick smoke to drag him out of the house but despite resuscitation attempts by fire crews and paramedics he died at the scene.

Access for all at St Michaels

A special service was held at St Michael's on Easter Sunday morning to celebrate the completion of the project to provide access to the church for the disabled. The driveway and footpaths across the south side of the church have been raised to offer level access through the porch and into the church. Disabled parking is now available with new exit gates making access for cars much easier. The drive has new low- level lighting and the porch fitted with new oak doors with glazed windows. Inside, a welcome area has been installed. This incorporates a panel showing the history of the church since it was built and a display of the various current activities with photos of the clergy and people involved in the day to day organisation.

More green in the village

Pupils from Galleywood Infants and St Michael's Junior School were joined by villagers and parish councillors in planting 150 beech trees in Watchouse Road next to the Social club. The project was funded by the parish council and the borough council. Parish council chairman John Turkentine said 'In future years this will not only enhance the appearance of this busy crossroads and screen the car parking area, but provide a green corridor and a haven for wildlife.' The teachers encouraged the children to ask questions not only about the natural history, but also about the rich heritage of Galleywood and in particular about the bricks they had to remove from the soil before planting. Many of these were locally made in the late 19th and early 20th century on Galleywood Common.

2006

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