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Remembrance In Rayleigh

A big turn-out at Holy Trinity and the Royal British Legion today. In fact there were more people outside the Legion than anticipated.

And this year we had some sunshine…

Some Good Places To Visit During The Olympics – 1

If you are in London for the Olympics, and want to escape the city heat and the crowds for the day, can we suggest Battlesbridge? You can get a train from London Liverpool Street to Battlesbridge, you have to change at Wickford and it takes about 47 minutes. It’s then about 7 minutes to the centre of the village.

Battlesbridge is a basically a English riverside village that’s turned itself into a great centre for antiques, collectables, second-hand records and stuff like that. So if you are looking for presents to take home, and want something old and unique rather than touristy stuff, you might do well here. But even if you just want to get out of London and visit a real English country pub, you won’t do much better than the “Barge” or the “Hawk” (and the Barge has particularly good food).

More Memories Of The Day

Well Done Guys !

5th Rayleigh Scouts, Cubs and Beavers joined forces on Wednesday evening for a litter pick at Sweyne Park. The weather was very kind to them and they picked up a good quantity of litter. It was part of their “Scout Community Week” (Bob-a-job week to those of us who remember it!).

We publish these photos with the permission of the scout leader. (double click on the images to enlarge)

Great work guys – you are a credit to our town.

This also gives us a good opportunity to remind people about the Party In the Park this Sunday:

From the Top Of The Church Tower Today

A couple of photos … double-click on the thumbnails to enlarge…

(if you have any better ones, please send to us, and we’ll publish ‘em either anonymously or with your name attached…)

Sweyne Park Sunset

“Rayleigh Resident” has been photographing a snowy Sweyne Park at sunset….
Click on the image to enlarge…

Many thanks, RR .

“You Would Be Very Lucky To See One”

“Greenbelt” has kindly sent us these pictures of woodcock feeding in a Rawreth garden today. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge…

The RSPB website says

In winter, birds are widespread in lowland areas. You would be very lucky to see one…
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What they eat …. Worms, beetles, spiders, caterpillars, fly larvae and small snails.

Looking For Highways Problems

Yesterday Cllrs Chris Lumley and Chris Black went out taking photos of potholes and other highways defects in West Rayleigh – here are six that we have reported.

Good thing we went out yesterday and not left it for today :)

Remembrance In Rayleigh

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Battlesbridge In the Sun

Just some photos of Battlesbridge this afternoon…..

It Looks Like Christmas, But It’s Actually St Andrews Day…

Rayleigh Town Centre this evening in the snow:

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