Hockley Woods

Wild Woods Day !

From the District Council website:

“Wild Woods Day
Sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle, in association with Crouch Valley Scouts
Saturday 4 June 2016
11am – 4pm
Hockley Woods

Enjoy a day of discovery in Hockley’s ancient woodlands with Rochford District Council’s annual Wild Woods Day

Now in its thirteenth year, Wild Woods Day is one of the most popular events in the District’s calendar, where visitors can expect a packed programme of activities and entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Hockley Woods.

Family favourites are back this year including the climbing wall, archery, rare owls and smoothie bike along with a host of new activities, experiences and entertainment in our 3 exciting zones: Create & Play Zone sponsored by Peaceful Place, Active Zone sponsored by Potters of Hockley and Wild Zone sponsored by Amos Estates.

The Scouts will be taking over the Wild Zone this year to create a pop-up camp site and deliver a range of ‘Wild’ activities such as axe throwing, pioneering, bushcraft and tent building. Our Create & Play Zone will be featuring a ‘Beatrix Potter’ tent to celebrate her 150th anniversary. A storytelling corner with Mrs Potter herself will be sure to keep children entertained, along with fancy dress, face painting and a variety of arts & crafts activities. Venture a little deeper into the woods with our ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ story trail. In our Active Zone you will find pop-up tennis and cricket arenas, paintballing, parkour workshops and lots more!

Entry is free to this family-friendly event which has a focus on ‘green’ themes including recycling, sustainability and protecting the local environment. A large pop-up market place will showcase local and organic produce as well as upcycled and recycled goods.

A dedicated food and picnic area will offer a hog roast, gourmet burgers and hotdogs, a craft beer and cider stall, fresh Italian coffee, ice cream, candy floss and confectionary!”

Find out more here..  

Please note there is no on-site parking at Hockley Woods on the day of the event. Free parking and a free shuttle bus service sponsored by A Plus Security will run from Hockley Community Centre, Westminster Drive, SS5 4XD and Hockley Primary School, Chevening Gardens, SS5 4UR. However please be aware that parking spaces are limited…. you might prefer a no. 7 bus.

From 2011

Lights Go On This Thursday

The big Christmas lights switch-on in Rayleigh High Street is always a very good affair. It’s something that the Town Council, and the townspeople themselves , do very well.

This year it’s on Thursday:

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Sports Awards 2015

The shortlists for the Rochford and Castle Point Sports Awards have been announced on the District Councilwebsite.

The two names for Rochford Sports Personality of the Year are:

Kristian Brown – athletics
and
Taylor Carter – golf

One of the people presenting the awards at the Gala Evening, on November 12th, will be Ronnie Irani.

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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.

From 2011

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 £5 for adults and £2 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.

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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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A Good Chance To Forage !

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One of the extra bonuses of a country walk in the autumn is the chance to forage…

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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

.
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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Two More Exhibitions At The Windmill…

These are the two latest art exhibitions at the Rayleigh Windmill:

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“Impressionist” images of objects seen in the Hubble Space Telescope could be interesting….

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Garden Trail This Weekend

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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…