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20 Years Ago Today….

Chris Black writes: It’s not often that a sitting councillor gets married – maybe once a decade at Rochford District Council. So when it happens , it normally gets minuted. So 20 years ago today,  council minute 103/94 stated that  “The Chairman [Terry Fawell] referred to the forthcoming wedding of Councillor C.I. Black and presented to him on behalf of…
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Clive Wren

We were very sorry to hear about the passing of former Lib Dem Councillor for Ashingdon, Clive Wren, who died recently , aged 78. Our thoughts are with his family. We were kindly sent the following obituary and photo, which we are very happy to publish. Clive Wren, 78 of Hullbridge, passed away, 2 November 2013. Clive was born in…
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Rest In Peace

We had a sombre start to last night’s Full Council – a minute’s silence in memory of Dawn Giles, Terry Livings and Roy Pearson,  three people connected with the council who had all died recently. Dawn Giles was a former Lib Dem Rayleigh Town Councillor. Dawn became involved in politics when her father, Mike Handford, was a Lib Dem District…
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Tom Smith-Hughes, RIP

We’ve just heard of another very sad loss. Tom Smith-Hughes, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Essex County Council, has died after a long fight with cancer. Chelmsford Lib Dems have written the following on their website: Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are deeply saddened to announce the death of Cllr Tom Smith-Hughes, after a long and brave battle against cancer….
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Chris Morgan

Some very sad news. Hullbridge Councillor Michael Hoy has reported that Chris Morgan died last Friday. Chris Morgan was one of the most significant people to have ever served on the District Council, and he served it for many years. He was a stalwart of the Labour Party, but liked and respected across the chamber. Chris spoke with natural gravitas,…
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Good Luck Vic

Vic Leach is the Chairman of Hawkwell Parish Council and used to be a District Councillor as well for Hawkwell. He is fighting illness but clearly hasn’t lost his sense of humour, nor his willingness to be active in the community. He’s written to people he knows to say: My oncologist is giving me a fine spring gift, something called…
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Stephen Horgan

Extremely sad news from Basildon , where the Deputy Leader of the Council, Stephen Horgan, has died of cancer,aged 47. As the BBC have reported: The deputy leader of Basildon Council has died at the age of 47, following a long battle with cancer. _ Stephen Horgan was a Conservative councillor for Billericay for 13 years and the deputy leader…
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Tony Humphries

Some sad news. We were very sorry to hear of the death yesterday of Councillor Tony Humphries , after a long illness. Tony was a thoughtful guy who cared about Rayleigh and we will truly miss him. A real gentleman. As the district council website explains: It is with great sadness that we announce that Councillor Tony Humphries has passed…
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Congratulations Simon and Pat !

We’ll do a write-up of last night’s council meeting later. But one story won’t wait… It’s a rare event for a councillor to announce their engagement in the council chamber. It’s even rarer for the chairman to do it as part of his chairman’s announcements…. So , warm congraulations to Cllr Simon Smith, chairman of the council, and his fiance…
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Rest In Peace, Peter

. We were very very sorry to hear of the death through illness of Peter Robinson, one of the District Councillors for Hullbridge. He was in his late 50s. Peter didn’t have an enemy in the council chamber, was friendly to us all, and was willing to work across party lines. For example, he was concerned about the impact of…
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