A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Silver Surfers event

Eight parishioners took an active interest in a special event staged at the Village Market in May. Three laptops were connected to the internet via a wireless network. A projector displayed a continuous slide-show of various websites, interspersed with a display of online TV and local radio programmes. Visitors were encouraged to talk about their concerns about computers and given the chance to try simple searches for themselves. For at least two visitors it was the first time they had touched a keyboard and they were amazed at the results produced when they typed their names into a search engine. Several people had only used their computers as word processors and were intrigued at the possibilities available. Downloading images from digital cameras proved to be another interesting subject. This two hour taster session was much appreciated by all who attended.

Community Awards

At a meeting of the Parish Council in September, the chairman presented awards to members of the community for their outstanding contribution to the village during the current term of office April 2003 to May 2007. Carole and Brian Hale were thanked for their wide-ranging involvement with St Michael's church, Coffee Pot and Friendship Plus. A fond farewell was extended to Brian and Carole who will be moving to Bury St Edmunds in September this year. Gordon Cook received an award for his work on the Village Design Statement. He recalled his first community duty of working the organ bellows at the age of 15. John Bellamy also received a certificate for his work with the Methodist church, the Horticultural Society and the Cottage Garden Society.

Midwife of the year

Dawn Jacobs of Cannon Leys has been named Midwife of the year by Practical Parenting magazine after saving a mother from a rare life-threatening birth complication. Dawn was attending Maxine Geurts during the birth of her fourth baby at St John's Hospital. Maxine collapsed with a condition known as Amniotic Fluid Embolism and it was the prompt attention of Dawn that saved the life of her and her baby daughter Katie.

Dawn has been a midwife for 13 years and said 'the award was a real surprise and I feel really honoured. At the time 101 things go through your mind, but you have to concentrate on priorities. I am delighted that there has been such a happy outcome from a traumatic situation.'

Presentation to George Allen

After 24 years dedicated service as a Parish councillor, George Allen has reluctantly tendered his resignation. His service started with Great Baddow Parish Council and continued with Galleywood when the new Parish was formed. Chairman John Turkentine said he was delighted to present George with a Galleywood Parish Council Rose Bowl and Mrs Allen received a white flowering orchid plant. George said he was sorry that he couldn't make the full twenty yeas, but he had very much enjoyed his period of office and felt that Galleywood Parish Council provided a first rate service to everyone in the village.

Sixty years of marriage

Galleywood historian Ron White and his wife Dorrie celebrated their diamond wedding in August. Ron's work on his archive of pictures and photos of people and places in the village came to an end when he passed on his collection to the Parish council in 2004. The couple met during the Second World War when they were both doing essential work at Crompton Parkinson in Chelmsford. Ron has been president of the Historical Society since it was formed in1998.


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