The Hunt for The Beagle Continues

Thursday, October 31, 2019 Editor 0

If you read any of the Councils social media feeds, you’ll see much prominence is being given to the work of finding HMS Beagle. Back in 2004, the late Chris Black posted this article, suggesting that this could be great for tourism in our district.

News From The Museum

Monday, September 11, 2017 admin 0

The Rayleigh Museum have advised as follows: Slide Show at Holy Trinity Saturday 14th October (2 performances – 1 afternoon & 1 evening). Mike & Sharon Davies will be presenting a slide show at Holy Trinity Parish Hall on Saturday 14th October at 2pm (doors open 1pm) & 7pm (doors […]

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”. […]

A Picture Puzzle

Sunday, April 16, 2017 admin 2

Every month the Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass website shows pictures of old Rayleigh. This month one of their pictures is  of this building in Rayleigh from the early 1960s or maybe slightly earlier. This building has been knocked down now – but replaced by another building serving the same […]

Harry Potter Night In Rayleigh !

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 admin 0

From the District Council website: Harry Potter Book Night at Rayleigh Library Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 17:00 to 19:00 Get in the magical spirit of Harry Potter at Rayleigh Library on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm. Why not come dressed as your favourite character? Join in some wizardly fun […]

Old Blogs, New Blogs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 admin 1

Starting a blog is pretty easy. Keeping it going on a long term basis is harder. We had a ‘blip’ last year but as you can see we are back now. If you look at the ten Essex political blogs in our sidebar, one was updated today (well done Julian […]

“You Take The High Road”

Saturday, January 7, 2017 admin 0

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass looks at High Road, Rayleigh this month. Which sadly fits into the current topic of “Air Pollution” as everyone knows it has a lot of traffic these days….

Essex Politics , 1951

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 admin 0

Mark Pack writes here about an imaginative  Labour election leaflet from Colchester in 1951 . Should we try something like that in Rayleigh next year?

Hello Woodham – And, Er , Purleigh.

Monday, September 19, 2016 admin 4

The District Council Website has a page here on the current review of parliamentary constituencies. There is a public consultation running until December 5th. You can find the detailed proposals for our local constituencies here. The main proposed changes for South East Essex are: The three Wickford wards move from “Rayleigh […]

Fine Fare And Tomassis

Thursday, June 2, 2016 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass looks at when Rayleigh was full of supermarkets. This photo is from the 1960s, when Fine Fare had a supermarket where the Pink Toothbrush is now.

Anyone Remember Bonzo’s ?

Sunday, September 11, 2016 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass looks back at past in Rayleigh – including Bonzo’s DIY. Does anyone remember going there?