This month the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh celebrates 30 years as “the UK’s most famous alternative venue”.
Find out more at Schpunk magazine here . For example:
Over the years have seen live shows from the likes of Blur, Ice-T, Supergrass, Edwin Starr, Lee Scratch Perry and not forgetting Radiohead who were paid £50 and a few beers to support The Sultans of Ping FC.
And if the Brush is a complete mystery to you, try watching this new documentary. But we don’t condone excessive drinking….
There’s going to be special events, and people in period costume, at Rayleigh Windmill next weekend. The District Council website says:
Rayleigh Windmill will be joining attractions up and down the country in celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture, during Heritage Open Days on the weekend of September 13-14.
During the weekend, buildings across the UK of every age, style and function will throw open their doors, giving visitors a chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.
At Rayleigh Windmill, its award-winning volunteers will be dressing up in traditional period costume and offering guided tours, reminding us why they deserved to win the Museums + Heritage 2014 Award for Customer Service Excellence. There will also be an opportunity for children to dress up too, and take part in workshops.
On Saturday why not bring your children along to take part in the storytelling and drama workshop. All ages are welcome. Come along, get dressed up in traditional period costume and join in the fun. Or how about the Arts & Crafts workshop for children on Sunday, all ages welcome. Why not come along and try your hand at making Chinese Dragons!
We’re not quite sure exactly which century the period costume will be for – though it probably won’t be taking you back this far:
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today published a new guide for local people explaining how they can attend and report their local council meetings. New guidance explicitly states that councils should allow the public to film council meetings.
The new how-to guide gives practical information for the public to attend meetings of a council’s executive and how to obtain council documents. The government has changed the law to allow citizens to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings in England. It also outlines the assorted rights that taxpayers’ have to access council papers and documents….
You can find quite a few council chamber videos on Youtube. Here’s one from a small City council in the USA, which gets a bit tetchy, nothing spectcular, though there is some hat throwing after about 2 minutes 15 secs:
Essex Police have a video explaining “Clare’s Law”:
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, more widely known as Clare’s Law, allows the public to request information about someone they suspect may be at risk of being violent towards a partner. The law was introduced after the coroner at the inquest of murdered Clare Woods, suggested that women need to know of someone’s history…
The actor James Garner has , sadly, just died. He was much loved by some of us at onlineFOCUS. He starred in the film “Support Your Local Sheriff” , possibly the greatest film ever about a local government officer trying to manage without proper resources! He hasn’t got any metal bars for his jail, though he does have a bit of red paint:
Rayleigh Cat Protection lost their old website , but have got a new website here.
Which give us an excuse to show some footage that’s justifiably going around on facebook at the moment. The BBC reported that the cat in question was a stray that the family adopted 5 years ago. This is from American cable TV:
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There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ".
To see it , just click here.
The Core Strategy
This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here
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If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.
If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.
Reporting A Problem
If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.