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On A Positive Note….

Saturday, March 21, 2015 admin 0

To strike a positive chord, BBC Radio 3 recently featured a classical musical composer from Essex. This was the first programme in a series about female British composers under the age of 35. The composer concerned is Cheryl Frances-Hoad, and you can hear the programme here for another 18 days. […]

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Well Done That Man!

Saturday, August 18, 2012 admin 0

We’ve just spotted this in the Swindon Advertiser: FORMER Rayleigh schoolboy Phil Bigwood played a leading role in the BBC’s highly-praised Olympic Games coverage. The Rochford born 46-year-old is the broadcaster’s executive producer of TV sport. And he was thrilled to be able to play a unique part in London […]

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If You Go Near The Thames…

Saturday, August 11, 2012 admin 0

If you get close to the River Thames in the next couple of days, you might see some cruise ships and superyachts leaving after the Olympics. As the Port of London Authority website explains: More than 20 vessels including cruise ships, sailing ships and super yachts came specially to London […]

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Got Tickets For Hadleigh?

Monday, August 6, 2012 admin 0

The atmosphere at all the Olympic venues has been friendly and thrilling – Hadleigh should be no exception! Here’s some advice from the Essex Police website on how to have a trouble-free day: Travel There is no parking at the venue or in the surrounding areas so think about using […]

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Some Good Places To Visit During The Olympics – 2

Sunday, July 29, 2012 admin 0

If you are coming to Hadleigh for the Olympics, you might fancy coming to Rayleigh for a meal. There are plenty of cafes and tea-rooms, and a good range of restaurants – whether you want Fish and Chips, Italian, Spanish, Chinese or Indian. Plus lots of pubs…. And if you […]

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Some Good Places To Visit During The Olympics – 1

Thursday, July 26, 2012 admin 1

If you are in London for the Olympics, and want to escape the city heat and the crowds for the day, can we suggest Battlesbridge? You can get a train from London Liverpool Street to Battlesbridge, you have to change at Wickford and it takes about 47 minutes. It’s then […]

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It Didn’t Rain On Our Parade

Friday, July 6, 2012 admin 1

The rain had just about stopped when the motorcade went past…. We’re sure our readers have some photos or videos worth seeing – please feel free to email them to cllrchrisblack@gmail.com, let us know if you want a photo credit, and we’ll stick them on here..

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“It’s the people who make a town special, though”

Friday, July 6, 2012 admin 3

Chris Black has an article on the Guardian website today, on this special morning for Rayleigh. Here is the text, with some added links and photos: ” If you want to see the most charming council house in Britain, come and visit the Dutch Cottage in Rayleigh. It’s tiny, octagonal […]

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Rayleigh’s Rainy Olympic Day

Friday, July 6, 2012 admin 1

.. or at least it’s started off rainy…. At 7:30 a.m. this morning the High Street was pretty empty of people, and without much bunting around… …. though a few places had made an effort, for example…. By 7:40 there were chaps out erecting banners ! By 9:05 the first […]