Basildon do a good job mowing the grass verges but can they do more for the blocked drains in the road, essential with the potential for more flooding. Why are planners allowing house building on flood plains and Green Belt land? There are plenty of brown field sites that can be used, but that means less profit! It is about time we controlled this excess-profit motive, look at the ridiculous house prices in this country compared with Europe!
When our green belt goes we lose forever farm land and recreational land for walking and relaxing, if we hope to keep a sane population and pleasant communities to live in. Farmed land and Green Belt should be protected as a national, strategic natural resource. Land is a non-renewable resource.
The trains are already over-crowded, when will they build longer platforms
at Billericay? When will commuters rebel about being treated worse than
cattle? When we leave Europe we should have flexible working hours to
minimise the daily rush-hours of congestion. If we are controlling immigration
why do we still need all of these “projected need for houses”,
made from the past when immigration was out of control? We certainly need
more apprenticeships to train people with usable skills and provide useful
On a map published in 1939 on display at a recent meeting of Billericay
Society, opposite the workhouse there was a reference to a “Public
Assistance Institution”. This caused some head-scratching. Fortunately
a lady at the meeting googled it, to find it was a reference to the workhouse
management committee. This was the first time I had come across this reference
with respect to the workhouse. One never knows where one will find new
information. Since members showed such interest in this 1939 map the committee
has decided to try to display an old map of Billericay at future social
evenings. We hope this will be of interest to members.
Chairman’s Occasional Series
There is evidence of woodland management since ancient times by coppicing and pollarding.
Coppicing is an ancient technique that involves cutting back young trees
to ground level so that a new shoots are produced. These shoots are pollarded
in turn when they reach the required height. In this way ultimately, over
a period of hundreds of years, a circular crop of saplings is produced
all directly descended from the original tree after the original tree
has died. When walking in the woods one can see evidence of this technique,
with the many trees having several straight trunks coming out of a stump.
This is a further upgrade of my original September 2013 upgrade and contains little good news.
The oak tree from Cornwall has proved to be unsuitable for the keel, so an alternative source had to be found. It has been laid and the stern post and a set of ribs fitted.
Since January this year very little has been achieved. Both the Chairman
(Tom Dayly) and Vice-chairperson (Linda Chase-Gardener) have stood down.
In February the Mayflower Project lost its USA charity status, stating
they had ‘’let it lapse’’. Not a good sign. By
April there was still no sign of ship building and there was a ‘’temporary
closure of the Training School. In May the Hardwick held an ‘’open
session’’ for members of the public. A professional examiner
of shipbuilding training was present at the meeting and stated: ‘’The
build is not likely, especially as the structure as it stands will not
pass scrutiny. Thus the build would have to restart from scratch and I
cannot see that happening’’. The Project stated that they
have set a cut-off date of May 2018, which will see the Project unable
to build a ship. It was said that if this is the case, the Project will
revert to ‘’Promotional Activities’’ for the 2020,
Following the AGM in March Mike Brown brought items from his collection Second War material for his talk on the evacuations during this war.
As a result of the Council cancelling our longstanding Day Centre booking in April, Linda Holdaway’s interesting talk on the National Garden Scheme had to be held in the Reading Rooms.
Carol Harris presented an illustrated talk on refugees in May. While
Street Pastor Phil Norton told us that street pastors are trained volunteers
from local churches who care about their community. They patrol in teams
of men and women, usually from late evening until the early hours, to
care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.
Following this walk, on 23rd April, Doug Smith lead a walk to Fitzwalters, an 18th century minor mansion and farm, now known as the Courage Farm. We met at Mountnessing windmill car park, and, as a result to Doug’s contacts, were able to walk estate paths not normally open to the public. Lunch was taken at the Prince of Wales.
In May walks were held in Hockley and Maldon.
The Hockley walk, from the Bull, included Hockley Woods, the parish church of St Peter & St Paul and this Victorian drinking trough. It is owned by the house it stands in front of, on the corner of Folly Lane and was built for a Miss Tawke to provide drinking water for horses coming up from Hockley Spar. The Maldon walk was from Madison Lanes on the southern outskirts of the town. Heavy rain forced the Herongate walk to be cancelled in June. While very warm weather prevailed for the walk from The Anchor, Danbury, to Runsell Green at the end of June.
Note: Some of the dates for the first walks on this list are changed from those on the previous newsletter
18th July Hatfield Peverel: park at The Wheatsheaf, 01245 380330, CM3 2JF. David Bremner to lead
1st August Great Burstead: park at The Kings Head, 01277 637135, CM11 2PS. Ian Fuller to lead.
15th August Fyfield: park at Black Bull, CM5 0NN, 0871 951 1000. John Humphries to lead.
29th August Herongate: park at the Old Dog, CM13 3SD, 01277 810337. David Bremner to lead.
12th September Mill Green, Ingatestone: park at The Viper, CM4 0PT.
26th Sept 2017: Leigh Station, pay car park. Walk to Southend starting 10:30.
10th October Canvey Island: park at the RFC ground, Climmin Road. Lunch at the Hoy & Helmet, South Benfleet 01268 792307.
24th October Runwell: park at the Quart Pot
7th November Gooseberry Green park at the Inn on the Green, walk to St Giles Church, Doug Smith to lead.
21st November West Hanningfield: park at the Three Compasses 01245 400 447 CM2 8UQ.
5th December Christmas Social, pre-walk. Venue to be arranged, suggestions
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