A Contested Vote

Saturday, May 13, 2017 admin 1

If you were due for appraisal at work, who would you like to do it? That clever bloke with plenty of experience who will assess you firmly and honestly – or someone you have picked? Well, we have a similar situation at the District Council. The Conservatives are frantic for […]

New Year, Same Faces , Few Changes

Friday, May 12, 2017 admin 0

We have Annual District Council next Tuesday. As there haven’t been any district council elections this year, we have the same 39 Councillors. Terry Cutmore remains leader of the council and John Mason remains leader of the largest opposition group. As for the Lib Dems , Chris Black remains group […]

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 […]

The 93 Year Old Essex Woman Who’s The Star Of Mexican Cooking

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 admin 1

The Guardian reports here on a remarkable woman from Loughton, Essex. She deserves to be better known in her home county: Over the past five decades, Diana Kennedy has received countless accolades for her pioneering food writing, but being called the Mick Jagger of Mexican cooking is the one that […]

Council’s 2017 Citizen Of The Year Is Hullbridge’s Dave Record

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 admin 0

From the District Council website: Local people who make a big difference to the Rochford district were celebrated at Rochford District Council’s annual Citizen of the Year Awards ceremony on Monday, May 8. The overall Citizen of the Year 2017 award was presented to Dave Record from Hullbridge. Nominations received […]

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”. […]

The Results In Full

Sunday, May 7, 2017 admin 0

County Council Election Results Rayleigh North Division – Conservative Hold Division Candidates Name Description Votes Percentage Rayleigh North Christopher Ian Black Liberal Democrats 1462 31%, up by 6% John Hayter UK Independence Party (UKIP) 835 18%, up by 2% Malcolm Maddocks The Conservative Party Candidate 2122 45%, up by 12% […]

A Green Read Is Back!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 admin 0

Michael Hoy is bouncing back after his defeat in the County Council elections. He’s still of course a district councillor – and he’s resurrected his blog. You can find it here. He writes: “In 2013 I was elected as County Councillor for Rochford West, the time involved meant I could […]

A Good Night For The Blues

Friday, May 5, 2017 admin 7

2 a.m. –  Chris Black writes: Came second again ☹️ My vote was up by about 400 but the UKIP / English Democrat vote collapsed and went to the Tories , so I lost by about 600. The Tories did not expect to do so well – even during the […]

A Video For Election Day

Thursday, May 4, 2017 admin 0

It’s traditional for onlineFOCUS to have a video on election mornings. This time let’s hope we have a perfect day…

Alas , No Time To Write Much Tonight

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 admin 0

County Council candidates Chris Stanley and Chris Black did our duty tonight and went to the Annual Rawreth Parish Meeting No sign of the other County Council candidates though. It was an interesting – and passionate – meeting. We’re off to our beds now to get some sleep before an […]