Rest In Peace , Sir Teddy

Thursday, September 21, 2017 admin 0

The BBC reports here on the death  of Sir Teddy Taylor, formerly the Conservative MP for Southend East (which included Rochford). Sir Teddy was an example of someone who was parachuted into a parliamentary seat – he was previously an MP in Glasgow, and then switched to Southend!  But that […]

Vic Leach

Sunday, March 26, 2017 admin 0

We have heard the very sad news that Vic Leach, a former District Councillor and Chairman of Hawkwell Parish Council, has died. Vic was a key player in the Lib Dem administration that ran the district council in the 1990s. He was a fine councillor and campaigner, but above all […]

RIP Richard Boyd

Monday, October 3, 2016 admin 7

We were very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Richard Boyd . Richard played the epic, leading role in the Liberal revival in Rochford District in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He was first elected as a councillor for Trinity Ward in 1976, coming second in a year […]

Christine Paine

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 admin 14

At tonight’s Rawreth Parish Council meeting, everyone stood for a minute’s silence in memory of Vice-Chair Christine Paine. Christine passed away last Saturday after a very brave battle against illness. Many of our readers will remember her hundreds of comments on onlineFOCUS – she was a lady who cared very […]

Gill Lucas-Gill

Thursday, September 17, 2015 admin 1

We were totally shocked by the death a couple of weeks ago of Gill Lucas-Gill, Conservative Councillor for Rochford ward on the District Council. As one of the senior Tories, there were obviously times when she didn’t agree with us in the Lib Dems. But Gill was always pleasant to […]

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Beryl Handford

Saturday, December 6, 2014 admin 0

We were shocked to hear of the death of Beryl Handford, the wife of Mike Handford, a former chairman of Rochford District and Rayleigh Town Councils. Beryl was born in London in 1938, and moved with Mike to Rayleigh in 1964. Beryl was a person who always thought about others, […]

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20 Years Ago Today….

Saturday, March 1, 2014 admin 3

Chris Black writes: It’s not often that a sitting councillor gets married – maybe once a decade at Rochford District Council. So when it happens , it normally gets minuted. So 20 years ago today, council minute 103/94 stated that “The Chairman [Terry Fawell] referred to the forthcoming wedding of […]

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Clive Wren

Monday, November 18, 2013 admin 4

We were very sorry to hear about the passing of former Lib Dem Councillor for Ashingdon, Clive Wren, who died recently , aged 78. Our thoughts are with his family. We were kindly sent the following obituary and photo, which we are very happy to publish. Clive Wren, 78 of […]

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Rest In Peace

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 admin 3

We had a sombre start to last night’s Full Council – a minute’s silence in memory of Dawn Giles, Terry Livings and Roy Pearson, three people connected with the council who had all died recently. Dawn Giles was a former Lib Dem Rayleigh Town Councillor. Dawn became involved in politics […]

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Tom Smith-Hughes, RIP

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 admin 3

We’ve just heard of another very sad loss. Tom Smith-Hughes, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council, has died after a long fight with cancer. Chelmsford Lib Dems have written the following on their website: Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are deeply saddened to announce the death of Cllr […]

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Chris Morgan

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 admin 3

Some very sad news. Hullbridge Councillor Michael Hoy has reported that Chris Morgan died last Friday. Chris Morgan was one of the most significant people to have ever served on the District Council, and he served it for many years. He was a stalwart of the Labour Party, but liked […]

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Good Luck Vic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 admin 2

Vic Leach is the Chairman of Hawkwell Parish Council and used to be a District Councillor as well for Hawkwell. He is fighting illness but clearly hasn’t lost his sense of humour, nor his willingness to be active in the community. He’s written to people he knows to say: My […]