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Fancy A Wallasea Wander? (Booking Essential!)

“Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.The aim of this project is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. It will also help to compensate for the loss of such tidal habitats elsewhere in England.

Once completed, this will provide a haven for a wonderful array of nationally and internationally important wildlife and an amazing place for the local community, and those from further afield, to come and enjoy.”

Find out more here. And there’s a special event next Saturday:

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Tell Me More , Tell Me More!

hockley woods cinema

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Having a few open air cinema evenings in our district sounds quite an exciting idea – at least in principle. Under its “Commercialisation” heading the District Council is allowing Essex Outdoor Cinema to hold events in Sweyne Park and Hockley Woods this year:

June 6th – Hockley Woods – Shakespeare in Love
June 7th Hockley Woods – Film TBC
August 15th – Sweyne Park, Rayleigh – Grease

The Sweyne Park event wasn’t discussed with the ward councillors nor with the Friends of Sweyne Park. We have asked for information about numbers of tickets (these are ticket-only events) and other issues like car parking, toilets, noise levels and specific location in the park. When we have the answers we’ll do an update. (We have also asked RDC to contact the Friends Group over this.)

UPDATE 6 PM FRIDAY:
We’ve received the following information today from RDC:

Essex Outdoor Cinema (EOC) is the organisation producing the event. They will supply all infrastructure including stewards, security, fencing, First Aid, litter picking, toilets, and temporary exit lighting. The event is produced at no cost to the Council except some Officer time to assist with joint promotion and providing advice around health and safety and event management. Risk Assessments and Event Management plans have been received from EOC and will be presented at a Safety Advisory Group.

Working with Essex Outdoor Cinema on the promotion of the event is important as the arrangement is that Box Office income is shared equally between the organisation and the Council.
This event has come about through an initiative at the Council for employees to come up with ideas that might generate income and further corporate priorities – in this case increasing use of open spaces through public events….

…. A Temporary Event Notice (TEN) for Sweyne Park would allow a maximum of 499 audience members. The same numbers would be permitted under a TEN at Hockley Woods, but in conjunction with EOC, RDC officers have agreed that 300 should be the maximum given that the event ‘arena’ (the clearing) and parking is reduced in size compared to Sweyne Park.

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Sweyne Park Location: Area near the lake. The mobile cinema screen will back on to the lake with audience on the hill. The screen will be roped or fenced off.

Parking: Rayleigh Leisure Centre

Weather: The events will go ahead in all conditions except where high winds might be a safety risk (e.g. cinema screen falling)

Gates open 7pm

Showing 8.45pm to 10.45pm

Site completely clear by 11.30pm

Noise : “Average outdoor screenings produce around 75dbs of sound. We have designed the sound equipment so that a) it doesn’t need to run at excessive volumes – the quality is such that we can achieve great sound without turning it up to levels that would disturb local Residents and b) it is angled to minimize the sound dispersion – the way the speakers
are set up contains the sound without much spread. Sound levels can be monitored throughout the event and we are able adjust the mix as the film plays to ensure we get the balance right.”

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It’s Murder At The Quiz Night!

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Cross Country Race In Sweyne Park

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A quote from the Friends of Sweyne Park Facebook page:

Hi all park users. Below is a message received yesterday for your info:

“Hi. East Essex Tri Club will be hosting a cross country race at Sweyne Park on 11th January. This will be one adult race starting and finishing by Sweyne School. We will be using the perimeter of the park but staying away from the bridle path. The race will start at 10.00am and the last runners should be about an hour.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to regular walkers, but hope that you will join in cheering , applauding and encouraging the runners. There will be many local clubs taking part including Rockford Runners, Benfleet Runners, Castlepoint Joggers and East Essex Tri.

Thank you for your patience……”

Great to see the park being used for something like this. Fingers crossed for the weather, and come along to the park to give the runners a cheer if you can.

One Week To Go….

… to this year’s  Christmas Lights in Rayleigh

xmas switch on 2014Remember previous years?

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Museum Quiz On The 28th !

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A Rubbish Event !

 

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If you  have any questions about waste or recycling, you can get them answered by council staff at the Mill Arts & Events Centre, in Rayleigh, from 11am to 3pm next Thursday, October 30.

This is part of a free event aimed at families, to celebrate the District’s recycling  achievements and marks the 10th Anniversary of its first kerb-side recycling scheme. It includes:

  • A fashion show of recycled and reused clothing created by students from Seevic College and Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh
  • A ‘recycled rhythms’ performance by pupils from Downhall Primary School, Rayleigh, working with the Mushroom Theatre Company using rubbish to make music
  • A special Halloween performance by Mushroom Theatre Company
  • Children’s activities – fabric and recycled art workshops
  • For the adults – information on reducing food waste, reuse, recycling, sewing workshops

There’s a bit more info on the District Council website here.

Rayleigh Railway Anniversary

From Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass:

 

3rd October 2014 - Rayleigh Railway Station 125th Anniversary

At 1.30pm on Friday 3rd October we will be involved in a short ceremony  to mark the 125th anniversary of the railway coming to Rayleigh. There will also be a small photographic exhibition on the history of the railway.

The Rochford Art Trail

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The Rochford Art Trail kicks off tomorrow and you can find out more on the District Council website:

Rochford’s award-winning Art Trail returns for a fifth year and Trail visitors can download the 2014 Guide and Trail Map by scrolling down to the Related Documents section.

Visit the town of Rochford to discover a ten day showcase of arts and creativity that connects local artists with local businesses…..

This year’s Trail includes temporary art exhibitions in shop windows, retail premises and public spaces; guided walks; an arts, craft and design market at the WI Hall and a community launch that everyone is invited to.

Dates and details for events and locations can be found in the 2014 Guide, which can be downloaded in the Related Documents section below. Also in the Related Documents section is a list of special offers and discounts arranged by local businesses.

Taking You Back

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.

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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:

Charity Quiz Night – October 4th

On Saturday the 4th of October Hayley Bloomfield is holding a Fundraising Quiz Night at Rawreth Village Hall. She has told us:

The Quiz is being held to raise money for my friends son, who at the age of 21 has been diagnosed with three brain tumours, and having now undergone two major brain operations and three rounds of unsuccessful chemotherapy there is no available treatment left for him on the NHS so, we are raising money to pay for Reece to receive private treatment, and a drug that could significantly alter his life.

The quiz starts promptly at 7.30pm, teams can have a maximum of 8 members, and the cost per team member is £13 which includes either a fish and chip, or chicken and chip supper from Peggoty’s.

If you would like to support this event and enter a team please email me ( clerk.rawrethparishcouncil@btinternet.com ) and I can forward an entry form to you.

You may have seen or heard about Reece Hawley in the local press, national press, and on ITV’s “This Morning” Reece lives in Basildon, and until he was diagnosed last year was training to be a teacher, he is one of the most humbling young men I know, and I am truly privileged to be part of his fundraising team.

I hope you can join us on the night, it will be a lot of fun, with a very tried and tested Quiz Master.

Kind Regards
Hayley Bloomfield
Clerk to Rawreth Parish Council

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Here’s just a little bit about Reece.

Reece was a fit healthy young man, when in May 2013 two weeks after his 20th birthday he had a bleed on the brain. He had surgery after which the surgeon advised us that the bleed was caused by an AVM (Arterial Venous Malformation) which was as he thought. It was removed and as far as he was concerned he had cured Reece. 5 days later we received the pathology report which confirmed high grade aggressive malignant brain tumour.
Reece went on to have the standard treatment of 6 weeks daily radio/chemotherapy followed by 6 cycles of chemo Reece flew through the treatment with hardly any side effects and was doing so well, which was confirmed by his first follow up MRI in October 2013, it showed no enhancement or re-occurrence.

Then suddenly Reece had a few strange symptoms hiccups that lasted 2 days, couple of headaches and then felt really strange one day which led to him being hospitalised. Reece was scanned a week early to when his next scheduled scan was due and unfortunately they found two new tumours had grown just outside of the radiation perimeter.

The three different chemo’s used so far haven’t worked which means all treatments that are available on the NHS have now been tried.

We are now looking to fundraise as much as we can to give Reece more options. These would include consultations with Neuro-Oncologists around the world and other methods of treatment. One type of treatment in particular, Avastin, has been recommended by Reece’s Oncologist. Avastin was, up until last year, available and provided by the NHS but unfortunately funding for this was pulled leaving those in Reece’s position no choice but to fund it themselves at approximately £4,000 per cycle every 2 weeks.

Reece has his whole life stretching ahead of him with so many hopes and dreams to fulfil. He is a gentle, friendly, loving and selfless person that will always put others before himself and we are so proud to have him as part of our family. He has promised his girlfriend of nearly 4 years that he will try anything but the unfortunate thing is that it seems no-one has anything much to offer him to try.

Reece is a real inspiration and has said that if his life had to end now he is really grateful for the 21 years that he has already had. His words were that he feels his upbringing was the best and he had been lucky enough to meet the girl of his dreams. This breaks our hearts and makes us feel so helpless, we would do anything within our power to help him.

We understand that not everyone is in the position to spare money but any help that can be provided, including raising awareness of this predicament that those diagnosed with brain tumours find themselves in, is extremely appreciated.
If you would like any further information regarding Reece’s progress or other fundraising events we have going on at the moment please feel free to contact us at reecetumournaterhawley@hotmail.com or follow Reece’s journey through his facebook page ‘Reece Tumournater Hawley’

Looking Back….

1943   newspaper

model wiindmill

If you are going into Rayleigh over the weekend, Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass still have their exhibition until Monday. It’s in the Rayleigh Town Council Chamber, The Pavilion, King George’s Playing Field (back of Webster’s Way car park) from 13th August to 25th August 2014. Open daily from 10am to 3pm (4pm at weekends & on Bank Holiday Monday).

There’s a chance to find out about Rayleigh men who served (and died) in WW1, buy books about local history, look at the large-scale Ordnance Maps of Rayleigh for 1959 to see what your street was like then, see lots of old photos, and read about the gruesome Rayleigh Bathchair murder of 1943.

A copy of the Southend Standard for 1943 mixes snippets about the war –


“Private James Cotgrove is a prisoner in Japanese hands. His home is at Tranmere , Kensington Road, Thorpe Bay”

-with the more ordinary –


The sanitary inspector is authorised to erect a notice at the Junction of Down Hall Road and London Road stating that the depositing of tins and cans is prohibited”

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