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Football Heroes Of World War One

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If you are still in a reflective mood regarding the start of WW1, you  may want to read this article from the football section of the Guardian about footballers who won medals for bravery. Here’s an example:

Willie Angus (Celtic)

“‘No braver deed was ever done in the history of the British Army,” wrote Lt Colonel Gemmill, the commanding officer who witnessed Angus’s astonishing rescue of his friend James Martin. The pair had grown up in Carluke, Scotland, where Angus worked as a miner before signing for Celtic, for whom he made one first-team appearance. Unlike Bell and Vann, Angus survived to receive his Victoria Cross, awarded for braving bombs and machine-gun fire to bring the wounded Martin back from under the nose of a German trench. Angus lost an eye in the rescue. It really is a stunning tale, deserving of the full respect it is given here. Thanks to Aidan Thomas for bringing Angus to our attention.

 

Football Pitches Passed

Football

The application in Old London Road , Rawreth for 8 football pitches for Academy Soccer was passed last night.

The public gallery was almost full with supporters and young players from Academy Soccer – who were all impeccably behaved. The item was first presented by the case officer Mr Michael Stranks, we then had public speaking with Parish Councillor Alistir Matthews (against) , Mr Bird for Academy Soccer (for) and local resident Mr Collins (against).

Ward Councillors Chris Black and Ron Oatham then moved refusal, because of the impact on traffic and on residents, bearing in mind the poor condition of the road, the closeness of the chippings bay and the 11 pitches already there next door, and that Rayleigh Boys and Academy would both most likely want to expand in the future.

When he summed up , Chris Black quoted from the officers report:

The organisers of Rayleigh Boys Soccer have expressed their concern
that a further 100% increase could cause a very serious and potentially
dangerous situation. They have stated that they had seriously underestimated
the amount of traffic they would generate. Academy Soccer is
asking for 130+ parking spaces, therefore generating a huge increase in
traffic.

However, the refusal motion didn’t get much support from other councillors and so the application was passed. Chris did get two extra conditions added – the permission was specifically tied to Academy Soccer, and the car parking spaces were for football use only.

Sports Pitch Application Recommended For Approval

Football

 

The Sports Pitch application from Academy Soccer comes to the District Council Development Committee next Thursday. You can find the agenda here.

The report runs to 32 pages but here are the officer’s conclusions:

6 CONCLUSION
6.1 The proposed use of the site for football pitches is an appropriate use of land
within the Metropolitan Green Belt. The proposed changing rooms would be
appropriate facilities for outdoor sport and recreation in accordance with the
National Planning Policy Framework and local policies for development in the
Metropolitan Green Belt. The ball catch fencing will have an impact on the
openness of the area generally but has to be weighed against the wider
recreational benefits, access to the countryside inherent in the application and
its necessity on highway safety grounds.
6.2 The use proposed would provide sufficient off street car parking and would
not give rise to adverse conditions of highway safety or residential amenity
that would weigh against the merits of the proposal.

 

Attack Of The Giant Leeches

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Back in February, we mentioned that Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass had a feature on the Regal Cinema.

One of our readers, Stephen Pickard, has just left a comment that’s worth repeating as an item in itself:


I have very fond memories of the Regal Cinema. When I was 11, our family moved to Eastwood in January,1959. Sometime in ’60’61, when I was able to travel on my own, I started taking the bus to Rayleigh high street on Saturday mornings to the Regal cinema and recall being transfixed by the ‘Batman’ serial they showed at the time.
On Sundays they used to show double bills of ‘X’ films of ’50′s horror and science fiction which I was eager to see but at the time there was a restriction to everyone under the age of 16 being admitted, whether or not you were with an adult.
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It seemed that it was a big challenge to kids like me, that were only 13/14 was to challenge the law to try to see an ‘X’ film under age.
So, I sacrificed the ‘Saturday morning pictures’ and decided from now on I would be an adult! I approached the pay-desk, (my heart was beating twice as fast!) I recall very clearly the lady selling the tickets, she was either Scottish or an accent from further north. When I asked for a ticket, she would reply in very concerned voice “Are you sixteen?”. On saying yes, up popped the ticket of which I grabbed and quickly ventured into the darkness of the cinema before the manager saw me.
I recall what the manager looked like. He was in his 50′s or 60′s with grey hair and mustache, always dressed in a suit and shirt and tie.
I felt a little guilty about going in under age, but I will be forever grateful to the Regal for those special memories.
I remember that the first ‘X’ films I saw, for those interested, were “Cage of Doom” (“Terror from the Year 5000″) “Demons of the Swamp” (“Attack of the Giant Leeches”) and “The Fantastic Disappearing Man” (“Return of Dracula”). I still have these movies in my collection and whenever I watch them I always fondly remember where I first saw them. Regal Cinema RIP.

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The Tour De France Essex !

A big day for Essex tomorrow, with the Tour De France passing through our county:

tour de france

The official Tour De France website is here. There is also information on the Essex County Council website.

The Guardian describes the stage as follows:

Relatively short and definitely flat, with not one rated climb en route through Essex, but scenic villages aplenty like Finchingfield and Radwinter before the lengthy run-in past the Olympic park and across the capital to the Mall, replicating the finish of the 2012 Games road race.

Sports Pitches Application

The application for the sports pitches at Old London Road Rawreth will come to the Development Committee on July 24th.

Different Company To Run Our Leisure Facilities

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From the District Council website:

Sports and leisure facilities in Rochford are set to come under new management from 1st July 2014, as sport and leisure management charity, Fusion Lifestyle, takes on the running of Clements Hall and Rayleigh Leisure Centres together with the Freight House, The Mill Arts and Events Centre and Castle Hall.
The change is the result of Fusion Lifestyle’s recently announced acquisition of Virgin Active Management Ltd (VAML).

As part of the takeover, Fusion will be introducing an exciting range of new exercise classes, upgrading fitness equipment, and introducing online booking and membership services for the first time.

Fusion Lifestyle currently operates over 70 health and fitness clubs and sports centres across London and the South East of England, and their ‘Choice’ membership offers the opportunity to access any of these facilities under one membership.

Peter Kay, Fusion Lifestyle Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be involved in managing the sport and leisure facilities in Rochford and we are looking forward to continuing to provide the very best services and facilities.  Because Fusion Lifestyle is a charity, we invest all our resources back into high quality sport, leisure and health and fitness services.”

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Councillor Jo McPherson said: “The Council is looking forward to building a strong working relationship with Fusion to ensure that residents continue to benefit from high quality leisure facilities and services.  Residents can be assured that the facilities will continue to operate as normal during the transition to the new operator.  Fusion Lifestyle has a strong track record of managing Local Authority Leisure facilities and understand how important these facilities are to local people. “

Sports Pitches Planning Applications Resubmitted.

The two planning applications from Academy soccer have been resubmitted:

Application :14/00331/ADV
Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
Proposal:
One Non -Illuminated Goal Post Type Sign to Site Entrance
Location:
Land North Of A129 East Of A130 Old London Road Rawreth

Applicant:
Academy Soccer
2 Kingswood Crescent
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 7BH

_____________________________________________________
14/00332/FUL
Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
Responsibility:

Proposal: Change of Use of Land From Agricultural to Use for 8 No. Football
Pitches. Provide Area for Car Parking, Provide Four Storage
Containers, Provide Four Storage Containers for Use as Changing
Rooms and Toilets and Construct 6.5m High Ball Catch Fencing to
Boundary of Site With A129 and A130
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130 Old London Road Rawreth

Applicant:
Academy Soccer
2 Kingswood Crescent
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 7BH

You can see the them online and make representations on the district council website

Women Lead The Way

Cricket_ball_on_grass Summer must be almost here – Rayleigh Cricket Club have just started their new season.  You can see their latest news and results here. The women and girls XI won by four wickets, though the men’s teams didn’t do as well………..

Football Club Can Stay!

Football

The surprise news of the week is that the Conservative administration of the District Council has dropped plans to relocate Rayleigh Sports and Social Club and use the land for housing. The club can now stay where it is.

We’ve been concerned about how the club was being treated, so this is welcome news.

BREAKING NEWS: Sports Pitches Application Delay

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The application for sports pitches in Old London Road. Rawreth, due to be decided tomorrow night, will now be delayed to a later meeting, due to a holding objection from the environment agency!

Planning Meeting Next Thursday – Sports Pitches In Rawreth, Flood Risk Questions In Hawkwell

Apart from the full Council meeting next Tuesday, there is also a meeting of the Development Committee next Thursday. Three of the items are:

1) Application by Academy Soccer for 8 sports pitches and other facilities in Old London Road Rawreth, next to the A130. This is recommended for approval by officers.
2) Application by David Wilson Homes for their 176- home development in Hawkwell to have a revised Flood Risk Assessment and revised mitigation measures.

To quote from the report:


3.2 Environment Agency:
The original strategy was to provide two discharge points to the north of the
site. Since the original submission, a more detailed survey of the river has
been undertaken and it is now known that the discharge points, as originally
proposed, will not function adequately. The revised proposals do not alter the
scheme from that originally agreed, other than to alter the point of discharge
from the site. The discharge rates, storage volumes and methods for storage
have not been altered. We therefore have no comments to add in that regard.
3.3 However, the proposal is to discharge all surface water to a smaller water
course, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site, rather than to the
water course to the north, as originally proposed. We would advise that this
water course should be checked for its capacity for carrying flows discharged
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – 27 February 2014 Item 5
5.5
from the site to ensure that this water course will not become overloaded and
increase flood risk to the surrounding areas. We recommend that you are
satisfied, through consultation with the developer, that there is capacity within
the water course to carry and store flows from the site, without compromising
the capacity of the system for flows that it may already receive from other
developed areas in the vicinity. We would recommend that the developer
demonstrates to you that there are no known capacity issues with this water
course that result in localised flood risk problems and that the additional flows
to this water course will not increase flood risk to the surrounding area, before
the condition is discharged.

3) Application by David Wilson Homes to waive one of the original planning conditions of their site, to allow 22 homes to be occupied before highways improvements have been completed.

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