The Picnic District 8: Barling Magna Wildlife Reserve

Saturday, August 1, 2015 admin 0

You may not know it, but we are currently in “Love Your Parks Week”. So let’s look at Barling Magna Nature Reserve. A good place for a stroll… and a picnic. We’ve written before about the reserve: … The 12 acre site had been part of the Southend Borough’s old […]

The Lost Church Of Shopland

Saturday, June 6, 2015 admin 0

The hamlet of Shopland is in the east of our district, within the parish of Sutton. It used to be a village in its own right, with a village church , St Mary Magdalene, but that has been lost – it was already in a poor state of repair in […]

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Beautiful Barling

Monday, February 2, 2015 admin 1

Have you ever looked at the parish website for Barling and Sutton? Someone’s done a very classy job…. Also, Barling Wildlife Reserve looks like a nice place to go to… In April 1998 a 999 year lease was granted to Barling Magna Parish Council via Rochford District Council from Southend […]

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Lost Walks Of Rochford

Friday, June 27, 2014 admin 0

  From the District Council website   Help us rediscover lost walks and hidden heritage in rural and coastal Rochford District. Join us on foot or online and help reveal the stories of Rochford’s changing landscape through a series of public walks. Walk 1: Barling – Wakering Wednesday 9 July […]

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A Website About Wakering

Friday, April 26, 2013 admin 0

If you are interested in local history, or the Wakering area, be sure to look at http://www.wakeringheritage.org.uk/index.html   . The website is full of stuff on Wakering, Barling and Foulness, from executing robbers in Anglo-Saxon times (men were hung, women were drowned) , to a list of people living there in […]

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Other Highways Items….

Friday, February 1, 2013 admin 4

Other highways stuff discussed yesterday included: Watery Lane – this is almost beyond parody now. We had one business-owner  who explained how Watery Lane has been officially closed for flooding for the last 34 working days. Currently the water is 18 inches deep. Sometimes lorries will come through the water […]

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The First Flyers Of Fambridge

Sunday, August 12, 2012 admin 0

The bookstall inside Rayleigh Lanes recently had a couple of copies of “Essex And Its Race For The Skies 1900-1939” by Graham Smith. As you’d expect from the title, it deals with flying in Essex before WW2. But it also covers flights in Essex before 1900. A really long time […]

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A Big Sporting Item

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 admin 0

Two of the main items at the Development Committee on August 25th deal with Southend United’s proposed new stadium. Although these applications are just inside Southend Borough, Southend Council are consulting Rochford as the neighbouring authority. The applications are for: 11/00538/EXTM DEMOLISH NIGHTCLUB AND TRAINING FACILITIES; ERECT 22,000 SEAT FOOTBALL […]

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Southend United Get Extra Time [corrected]

Saturday, July 2, 2011 admin 9

You may remember that Southend United Football Club were given planning permission in 2008 for their proposed new stadium complex at Fossetts Farm. In fact they were given planning permission by two councils – Southend and Rochford, because although most of the site is in Southend Borough, 3 training pitches, […]