A snapshot of life in the village
1987 - 2007




Ron White - Obituary

Galleywood Historian, Ron White has died at the age of 86, just after moving to a care home in the Isle of Wight. In 1992 he had become concerned that old buildings in the village were starting to be demolished with no record of their existence being preserved for future generations. He set about photographing all the old properties, and even toured the village in his car with a video camera mounted in the windscreen. He then developed his collection to include Galleywood people. Family group photos were passed to him for inclusion in the rapidly expanding archive. His albums of carefully annotated pictures were always willingly brought out for inspection by callers at his home in Watchouse Road. The collection grew and grew and selections of pictures were the subject of several popular exhibitions in the Keene Hall.

In September 2006 Ron and Doris celebrated their Diamond Wedding and early in 2007 after his mobility became reduced following a series of major operations, they moved to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight to live near their daughter. They were barely settled in their seaside home when Ron died on April 9 this year.

At a memorial service in St Michael's church on May 5, tributes were paid by Councillor Janette Potter and Major Alan Watters of the Salvation Army. Ron's boundless enthusiasm in developing his collection really earned him the title 'Mr Galleywood'.

2000 mile charity walk

Paul Gardner, 27, is setting out on a journey of a lifetime in memory of his father who died of heart disease. Starting from Trafalgar Square he is planning to walk from London to Istambul in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Paul was inspired to make the walk while reading the books of Ffyona Campbell who has undertaken many expeditions around the world. Practice has involved walking along Hadrian's Wall, 15 miles a day for a week. Starting in April he hopes to complete his odyssey by September this year.

Bygones Exhibition

More than 200 visitors attended an exhibition in the Keene Hall by the Historical Society. The subject – 'Bygone Days of Galleywood' – displayed various aspects of the village's rural farming community. More than 200 photos and documents were on show, many of which had been provided by Christine Whybro. Paintings of Galleywood farms, farming implements borrowed from Barleylands Museum and information about Lodge Farm, displayed by the Tully family, added to the interest. Refreshments were provided by the Women's Institute.

Cottey House Flats conversion

The modernisatiation of the existing sheltered housing units at Cottey House in Watchouse Road is nearing completion. The project was carried out by the Chelmer Housing Partnership and took several years to complete. 30 Bedsits were converted to 23 two-room flats and a lift was installed. The main lounge was enlarged and an extension to the entrance area was made on the Watchouse Road side. An improved access road for emergency vehicles was constructed on the Pyms Road side.

The original plan was to construct the conversion with pitched roofs but the eventual design was given mono-pitched roofs.

The final landscaping of the gardens is to take place during 2008.


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