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Hot Potatoes For A Cold Weekend

Friday, November 30, 2012 admin 0

From Rayleigh’s own food blog, a recipe for roast potatoes that adds in some white wine: I’ve got roast potato recipes here, here and here for starters. But this was another twist, derived from cooking Heston’s perfect chicken (again). The chicken there is treated with a boozy butter baste. I’d […]

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Don’t Forget!

Thursday, November 29, 2012 admin 2

The Christmas Lights event  in Rayleigh is today!  Between 4:15 and 6:30. More information on the Town Council website here. If you take any photos this evening, please send a few to onlinefocus….

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Bloody Hell ! A Stormy Night In The Council Chamber

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 admin 53

    * NOTE : AMENDED AFTER CLLRS SEAGERS COMMENT BELOW: Last night the District Council approved the latest stage of the Core Strategy – the specific allocations for housing and other development. This will now go to public consultation, on whether it  is sound and legal…. The Conservatives voted […]

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So What Kind Of Tuesday Did YOU Have?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 admin 4

    A VERY difficult day today , dreadful traffic , flooding worries, plus a power cut in parts of Rayleigh in the morning, plus at least two power cuts in Rayleigh in the evening…. There’s not really any energy left tonight  to write anything…      

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Would You Like To Take Jessie Home?

Monday, November 26, 2012 admin 0

  Rayleigh Cats Protection have plenty of cats needing good homes.For example  Jessie  (pictured above) is a friendly black and white cat and would be suitable to go to a home with older children.  She is 20 months old.   They also have a cat homing  day on December 8th: […]

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Tom Toms And Zebras

Sunday, November 25, 2012 admin 7

  The Local Highways Panel meeting last Friday was probably the best so far.  Though only two out of five County Councillors were there (Tracy Chapman and Stephen Castle). How County Highways define stationary traffic. We got some interesting information on how County Highways monitor traffic flow, for example when […]

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The Demented Squirrel ….

Saturday, November 24, 2012 admin 0

Have any of our readers read this book?     A collection of short stories for children featuring some true characters and some fictional. It features a well known area of Essex called Hockley Woods and many of the stories in the book are based on real events and animals. […]

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Matches CANCELLED due to weather

Friday, November 23, 2012 admin 0

From the District Council website: Football fixtures played on RDC pitches cancelled this weekend  Fri, 23/11/2012 – 2:52pm — Danielle Football fixtures are cancelled for games played on Rochford District Council pitches this weekend (24th & 25th November). This is due to the waterlogged ground and the forecast of further […]

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Last Night’s Meeting

Friday, November 23, 2012 admin 0

 Well, the 50 or so houses in Folly Lane, Hockley were approved. Ron Oatham proposed an increase in the public iopen space provided, but was voted down by the Conservatives Chris Black argued that the application was premature, and should have been delayed until after next week’s Council meeting, but […]

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One Light Doesn’t Turn Off, One Light Doesn’t Turn On

Thursday, November 22, 2012 admin 1

There seems to be something up with the streetlights in Keats Walk, Rayleigh! Last Friday there was this report on FixMyStreet: Street Lighting Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 12:04, Friday 16 November 2012 Sent to Essex County Council less than a minute later This street light is […]

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50 Houses In Hockley?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 admin 1

The Development Committee of the  District Council meets tomorrow night – and one of the items on the agenda is an outline applciation for up to 50 new homes at Pond Chase Nursery, Folly Lane, Hockley. The scheme fits in with the council’s core strategy policy of having 50 new […]

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What County Highways Think Of Rawreth Lane

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 admin 33

  There’s a report coming to a council panel on Friday about Rawreth Lane – is it worthwhile spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to create a roundabout at the Rawreth Lane / Hullbridge Road junction? Their answer is no – a proper roundabout might actually slow traffic down even […]