Not Long Now To The Trinity Fair

Sunday, May 21, 2017 admin 1

Look out for this: The original Trinity Fair ran in Rayleigh each year from 1227. The Trinity Fair was shut down in 1899 as it had become “too rowdy.” Now in 2017 Rayleigh Trinity Fair is being brought back by Haddon Events and Rayleigh Town Council. The High Street will […]

Our Choice For Rayleigh and Wickford – Ron Tindall

Sunday, May 14, 2017 admin 11

We are putting up an experienced campaigner to contest the Rayleigh and Wickford constituency . Ron Tindall has spent many years as a local and county councillor, is a former trade union organiser, and is an ardent campaigner against domestic abuse. Not content with all that, Ron at 60 dedicated […]

Moving Slowly On Air Pollution. Very Slowly.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 admin 0

James Newport has been delving into the local news archives: “Something I rapidly learnt over the course of 1 year – nothing moves quickly in local government. I have to say though I find the following appalling. So I’ve decided, not to celebrate but to commiserate on this Echo News […]

Confectioners In Rayleigh

Monday, May 8, 2017 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has photos of sweetshops and confectioners in Rayleigh. The photo above is of Brooklyn Stores, on the coerner of Brooklyn Drive and Downhall Road, in about 1948. It was open until at least the 1960s , by which time it was called “Trouts”. […]

A Rare Sight

Monday, May 1, 2017 admin 0

Two young stilt-walkers walking through Rayleigh today, part of a stilt walk from Southend to London as a message of community, culture and hope.

Swim School Application Recommended For Refusal.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 admin 0

Even though it’s election time, normal council work still goes on. And there’s an interesting planning application on this week’s list: A planning application has just been submitted for a swim school in Rawreth Lane: Application Reference:17/00181/FUL Address Of Proposal:8 Imperial Park , Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, SS6 9RS Proposal :Change […]


Friday, April 21, 2017 admin 5

There are two County Council seats in Rayleigh, and we are fighting hard to win both of them! Rayleigh North Christopher Ian Black Liberal Democrats John Hayter UK Independence Party Malcolm Maddocks Conservative Party (sitting Councillor) Roger Anthony Neville Labour Party   Can Chris Black win this after coming second […]

A Picture Puzzle

Sunday, April 16, 2017 admin 2

Every month the Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass website shows pictures of old Rayleigh. This month one of their pictures is  of this building in Rayleigh from the early 1960s or maybe slightly earlier. This building has been knocked down now – but replaced by another building serving the same […]

Michelins Farm Update: Council Get An Interim Injunction Until Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 admin 0

From the District Council website: “Rochford District Council has successfully obtained a High Court Interim Injunction after Travellers moved onto a site in Rayleigh. The High Court Order was obtained on Friday March 31 after approximately 19 caravans moved onto the site in Michelins Farm, Arterial Road, in an effort […]

Michelins Farm

Friday, March 31, 2017 admin 3

Michelins Farm is the area of land to the north-west of the Fairglen Interchange, just inside Rayleigh’s boundaries. Not much farming goes on there, but it has caused a lot of controversy. For one thing, there was the huge tyre fire in March 2015. Also the District Council has a […]

Development Committee Meets On Thursday

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 admin 9

The Development Committee meets on Thursday to decide 3 applications: In Stambridge : 3 flats between 7 and 13 Cagefield Road (not green belt) In Rayleigh : 2 cycle shelters at the Approach Car Park. Only coming to the committee because it is council land. In Hawkwell: A yard in […]