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An Interesting Job Advert

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 admin 7

Do you fancy ?12,475 a year for working at least 3 1/2 days per month? There’s an advert on the Echo website for a Non Executive Director for the Southend United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “With an annual turnover of ?240m and high levels of engagement with staff, local partners […]

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Help for Heroes

Monday, June 28, 2010 admin 0

We’ve heard about a charity fun day at the Victory Inn, Ashingdon Road, Rochford in aid of Help for Heroes (registered charity number: 1120920), being organised by Hockley Resident Holli Fielden. To find out more you can email Holli at or phone the pub on 01702 548 440 The […]

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The Wickford Master

Sunday, June 27, 2010 admin 0

Next door to us in Wickford, there’s an artist called Chris Westall who specialises in murals and trompe l’oeil effects. You can see more on his website here. His video on creating a “Venetian Window” has been seen by more than 18,000 people:

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Big Homework Weekend For Councillors – And For Some Of Our Readers?

Saturday, June 26, 2010 admin 1

District Councillors have some important reading this weekend. On Tuesday 29th we have an Extraordinary Council Meeting to discuss the council’s finances. “Extraordinary” doesn’t mean “Emergency” – it just means we can’t discuss anything else except finance matters. You can find all the reports here, including the Draft Financial statement […]

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Being Towed Away…..

Saturday, June 26, 2010 admin 0

We don’t want to get into any legal trouble here…. let’s just say that car clamping is an issue we are concerned about. So we can’t resist showing this video we found of a lady in China striking back…. Though we wondered just who was videoing this and if they […]

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A ‘Stink Lily’ In Rayleigh

Saturday, June 26, 2010 admin 0

From the Daily Mail: The hot weather has brought out a plant that smells like rotting flesh in a garden in Rayleigh, Essex. Neighbours are not the only ones kicking up a stink about the unwelcome visitor, which gardeners Janice and Terry Wallace say just sprouted without warning. It is […]

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Questions for Full Council Next Month

Friday, June 25, 2010 admin 1

Chris Black has so far submitted the following written questions for next months Full Council meeting: Question to the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation: “There has been a recent High Court ruling that Tower Hamlets Council acted unlawfully when it granted planning permission for a fast food takeaway because […]

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Stabbing Incident Attempted Murder.

Thursday, June 24, 2010 admin 17

We’ve heard some grim news that there was a stabbing in Downhall Road , Rayleigh last night – lots of police on the scene. We’ll update this when when we get some further info. Update at 6pm Thursday: the Echo reports as follows: THREE suspects have been arrested for attempted […]

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Remember The Committee System?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 admin 2

Chris Black and Ron Oatham have submitted the following motion, which will be up for debate at the next ordinary Full Council meeting in July: “That this council welcomes the statement by the Liberal Conservative Coalition Government that they will allow councils to return to the committee system, should they […]

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Football Fun At Rayleigh Library

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 admin 0

If England do badly tomorrow night the words ‘football’ and ‘fun’ won’t go together easily, but there’s a special football afternoon at Rayleigh library next Sunday. As the district council website mentions: Football fun at Rayleigh Library Join in the football fever on Sunday 27th June 2-3pm. Children?s storytime and […]

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onlineFOCUS At The World Cup

Monday, June 21, 2010 admin 0

Brendan D’Cruz, who was our Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Castle Point last month, has just come back from South Africa where he saw the England v Algeria game. He told us: ” Dire is the best way to describe it from my perspective, and the pitiful performance by the […]