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Chief Constable And The Police And Crime Commissioner Coming To Rayleigh

Stephen Kavanagh (the Chief Constable) and Nick Alston (the elected Police & Crime Commisioner) are coming to Sweyne Park School on November 12th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm to answer questions from the public.

Find out more here.

This could be an interesting evening, and a chance to ask some serious questions about police cut-backs and how Essex police respond to crimes.

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Looks Like A Winner

Let’s give some credit to Rayleigh Town Council for arranging for the Southend United team to turn on the Xmas lights this year. As the Echo reports:

SOUTHEND United Football Club will be switching on Rayleigh’s Christmas lights this year.

Rayleigh’s Christmas Lights Event will be held on Thursday November 26, from 4.00pm with the lights being switched on by Southend United Football Club at 6.30pm.

There will be the usual attractions including 70 festive market stalls, a fun fair ride, hot chestnuts and entertainment on stage from Rayleigh’s school choirs and the Mushroom Theatre Company…

This has been a cracking event in recent years and the High Street will be packed. Let’s hope some of our town centre shops benefit.

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A House Worth Visiting…

From the District Council website:

Rochford District Council are opening the Old House to the public this Halloween for a special day and evening of ‘spooktacular’ tours.

Built in 1270, the Old House has many a ghostly tale attached to it – so for one night only the council’s Communications team will be inviting the public to hear these stories and learn about the history of this beautiful building.

The tours will run from 12 noon to 1pm and 5pm to 6pm on 31 October.

Tickets are available by contacting Vanessa Conroy on 01702 318014 or by email on vanessa.conroy@rochford.gov.uk and are priced at Ł5 for adults and Ł2 for children and include refreshments.

Important information:

The tours will involve walking and climbing stairs some of which are very uneven so we advise that they may not be suitable for visitors with vision problems or mobility issues.
We advise that the tours are suitable for children 5 years old and over, and it’s at the parent’s discretion to allow them to attend.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please feel free to bring your own torch! Lights will be off in the building to keep the tours spooky.

Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and must be booked in advance. We expect this event to be very popular so may add an extra tour if required, so keep an eye on our website.

For more information please contact Communications on 01702 318014 or email using this form

find out more about the Old House on the Rochford Life Website. you can book visit on other Wednesdays, see here.

Tree by Tessa Framptn

Rochford Art Trail 2016

This year’s Art Trail will run from Thursday 17 to Saturday 26 September 2015. You can download a guide here.

One of the artists is Tessa Frampton, whose website describes her work as follows:

Paintings, wall hangings and sketchbooks inspired by the changing seasons and diverse landscapes of Essex and the splendid richness of Gardens.

The paintings are mostly worked on gesso board, some are on canvas and on paper

One of her trees is shown above.

Another artist is Ann Bacon, whose website describes her work as “Creative Design. Bold Imagery”:

by Ann Bacon
by Ann Bacon

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The Yachts Set Sail….

We wrote recently about the Cllipper Round The World Yacht Race that started this weekend:

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race begins in St Katherine’s Dock London on August 30th and then begins in earnest from Southend Pier on August 31st. As the Port of London Authority explains:

30th August 2015
12 yachts will lock out of St Katherine’s Dock from approximately 1400 until 1530. At 1530 4
of these will pass under Tower Bridge and gather on the Starboard side of the Upper Pool as

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31st August 2015
The yachts will gather south of Southend Pier from 1200, a cannon will be sounded at 1220 to
indicate the ten minutes before the race start. The race will commence at 1230 and yachts
will start their passage outbound.

Jim Cripps has kindly sent us these photos (click to enlarge):

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If You Like Yachts, You Might Like To Take A Look.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race begins in St Katherine’s Dock London on August 30th and then begins in earnest from Southend Pier on August 31st. As the Port of London Authority explains:

30th August 2015
12 yachts will lock out of St Katherine’s Dock from approximately 1400 until 1530. At 1530 4
of these will pass under Tower Bridge and gather on the Starboard side of the Upper Pool as

.
31st August 2015
The yachts will gather south of Southend Pier from 1200, a cannon will be sounded at 1220 to
indicate the ten minutes before the race start. The race will commence at 1230 and yachts
will start their passage outbound.

There are also free yacht tours in the days leading up to the race…

Windmill From The Tower

A Victorian / Edwardian Theme At The Windmill … Until Next Week

If you fancy a Victorian / Edwardian / Retro / Steampunk wedding, you might get some inspiration from visiting Rayleigh Windmill in the next few days. As the District Council website explains:

Why not come along to the Rayleigh Windmill this month to see a very unique exhibition featuring a stunning display of an upcycled Edwardian themed wedding collection by local creative artist, Deborah Jeffreys.

The exhibition features pieces from the artists own wedding, including outfits worn by the Bride, Bridesmaids the Groom and the Best man, as well as a wedding cake and favours. This atmospheric collection draws on Dickens’ novel Great Expectations, with the centrepiece of the exhibition being a Miss Haversham inspired wedding gown.

Creator, Deborah Jefferys said: “My wedding day was one of the most special days of my life, I really wanted to upcycle everything whilst keeping to the Edwardian theme. Everything you see here I have made myself, with some help from family and friends and all the materials and been collected from charity shops or kindly donated to me.

I am very proud of this exhibition and look forward to showing the pieces to visitors over the next few weeks”.

The exhibition is running until Wednesday 22 July and is well worth a visit. You can find the opening times here