Galleywood becomes a Civil Parish

On the 1st of April, 1987, Galleywood was separated from the Parish of Great Baddow and became a Civil Parish in its own right. Nine Parish Councillors were elected by the residents to form the first Galleywood Parish Council. Councillor Keith Liley, a Chelmsford Borough Councillor and former Great Baddow Parish Councillor, became the first…

New Vicar at St Michaels

The Reverend Roger Wakely became Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Church on the 17th September. He is the seventh vicar of Galleywood and succeeded the Reverend Canon Allen Willett who, after 19 years with the Parish, took partial retirement in the diocese of Peterborough in January 1987. Married with two children, the Reverend…

Sixty years of Scouting

The 1st Galleywood Scout Group celebrated sixty years of Scouting in Galleywood this year.  Started in 1927, the Group’s headquarters in Jubilee Park, specially built in 1973 and twice extended, houses one of the largest Groups in the district with 130 young people.

A Club for Local Artists

An Art Club has been formed which meets weekly in the Vicarage Hall in Beehive Lane. It caters for all media, including oils, water colour, acrylics and pastels. The club came about largely through the efforts of Ray Fullerton and the enthusiastic response indicates a promising future for this new local activity.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Set up

Local communities all over the country have been encouraged by the police to become involved in crime prevention by forming neighbourhood watch schemes to help counteract local crime and protect properties against vandalism and burglary. A large number of local people attended a meeting convened by the Parish Council, in association with the police, and…

Charles Cottey

Charles Cottey, MBE., of Wood Farm, known affectionately as ‘Mr Galleywood’ died this year aged 84. His long service to the Chelmsford Council was recognised in 1984 when he was elected an Honorary Alderman. He was a Parish Councillor for 34 years, a member of the Rural District Council for 21 years and a governor…

Short Mat Bowls

Twenty local villagers attended a demonstration, arranged by the Parish Council in The Keene Hall, of Short Mat Bowls. Their enthusiastic reception resulted in the immediate decision to form the Galleywood Short Mat Bowls Club. The first club night was held in May at the Galleywood Infants school and within three weeks there was a…

Homemead Flats Demolished

One of the less attractive aspects of Barnard Road was removed when the Homemead Flats were demolished this year. Built around thirty years ago, they were constructed by the much criticised system-style, using pre-fabricated concrete sections. More functional than elegant, these homes were judged to be below the standard required in the 1990s. Chelmsford Borough…

Country Promenade

“In order to make the countryside more available to the public, especially those with disabilities and the elderly, a small area of land has been chosen as a Country Promenade. This is located in an area off Brook Lane where a seat has been installed with a small parking area. It commands beautiful views over…