Grim News – Hundreds Made Redundant At Airport Firm


Breaking news in the Echo: HUNDREDS of jobs have been lost after a leading firm at Southend Airport went into administration. Workers at aircraft maintenance company ATC Lasham were called into a meeting this morning and made redundant – being told to leave immediately. A statement from administrators Nigel Morrison and Richard Lewis of Grant Thornton UK LLP said the…
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Gill Lucas-Gill


We were totally shocked by the death a couple of weeks ago of Gill Lucas-Gill, Conservative Councillor for Rochford ward on the District Council. As one of the senior Tories, there were obviously times when she didn’t agree with us in the Lib Dems. But Gill was always pleasant to be with and she was open to persuasion – if…
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“Rochford Hospital- Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly”

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There’s a good brief history of Rochford Hospital on the Community Archive here. Here’s an extract: By 1884 the Board of Guardians of the workhouse hospital were informed that, “there is insufficient accommodation for the treatment of patients suffering from infectious diseases and further wards are necessary.” However, very little seems to have been done about the overcrowding as, in…
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The Picnic District 1 – Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park

We’ve used the phrase “The Picnic District” for our district before, and over the spring , summer and autumn we’re going to mention some of the possible places to have a picnic here. Let’s start with Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park, stretching all the way from Rochford to the edge of Rayleigh. The first part of the park was obtained…
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