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VW Event Tomorrow

We understand there is a Volkswagen  meeting tomorrow Saturday the 12th of April  at the Crouch Valley Showground, on the A1245 just before the Fairglen Interchange,  this is to be followed by evening entertainment.

You can see more details here.

Let’s hope everything goes well without any noise or parking problems….

Wallasea Wander

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From the RSPB website, a morning you might enjoy:

Wallasea Wander

Saturday 12 April

9:45am to 12pm

Price: Free, donations welcome.

Booking essential

Join our monthly walks to spot some of the amazing wildlife that makes Wallasea Island its home. Find out more about the development of this exciting new nature reserve.

Directions

Meet at: RSPB car park, Wallasea Island

 

Don’t forget that Wallasea Island ( in our district) is going  to become a pretty wonderful place:

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.

Although the reserve is planned to be in development until around 2019, you’re welcome to come along and view the progress as each phase comes to life and the marshland naturally regenerates. The current sea wall access along the North (Defra) sea wall is a wonderful place to come to relax and enjoy, whether for walking, cycling, birdwatching, painting, photography or simply taking in the sea air.

Over the coming years, the scheme will create a varied wetland landscape with more than nine miles (15 km) of new and improved access routes, and eventually a range of visitor facilities.

Opening times

The sea wall footpath is open at all times.

Entrance charges

None – it’s free.

Information for dog owners

There are plans for a dog walking area on part of the island – please contact us for details.

 

Licensing Hearing

The district council licensing sub-committee meets at 10 am tomorrow morning at the Civic Suite in Rayleigh.

It will determine an application at the Crouch Valley Showground for an event from 1100 hours on Friday 16 May until Midnight on Sunday 18th May, for local live acoustic music. The applicant has applied for an alcohol license and a license for the provision of regulated entertainment. he notice has made provision for 480 attendees, including staff.

Rochford DC Environment Health have objected and state that the applicat ion fails to provide sufficient detail on the measures that will be taken to manage noise levels.

Essex Police have also objected due to lack of detail to show that the licensing objectives regarding crime and disorder, public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from ham will not be undermined.

Hadleigh Old Fire Station

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One of the links in our right toolbar is for Hadleigh Old Fire Station, which is now used as studios for 15 artists and offices for a couple of community groups.

Their website is worth an occasional visit – you can find out information  on the individual artists there, plus details of forthcoming events - such as Farmers Markets in the old Appliance Hall, where the fire appliances were kept…

“Rayleigh Through Time”

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The Tour de France Is Coming To Essex

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In case you aren’t already aware, the Tour De France is coming to Essex next year, on Monday 7th July. You can find out more on the County Council website here.

However the closest it will come to us is the north side of Chelmsford.

Still pretty close though…

“10,000″ People In Rayleigh High Street For Switch-On

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There were an estimated 10,000 people in the High Street this afternoon and evening for the Christmas Lights Switch-On. With a fair consumption of candy floss and mulled wine (hopefully not at the same time).

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Big Night For Rayleigh !

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The Christmas Lights going on in Rayleigh tomorrow evening, with events starting at 4:15! The Town Council have advised as follows (click to enlarge)

Xmas Lights Notice

A Chance to Nose Around London Buildings

If you are interested in architecture, buildings,  history, engineering or just nosing around bits of London, you might be interested in Open House London 2013 over this weekend.

You have the chance to visit any of about 830 buildings! To give just 5 examples out of 830:

Argentine Ambassador’s Residence , 49 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8QZ, London “Owned by Argentina since 1936 and with sumptuous interiors still intact.”
Government Art Collection Queen’s Yard, 179a Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PA, London “Guided tour of premises and behind-the-scenes look at how this major collection of British art operates.”
Bart’s Hospital Great Hall St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE, London “Founded in 1123 and rebuilt by Gibbs as the Hospital’s showpiece. Grade I listed, the staircase to the Great Hall is decorated by spectacular canvases by William Hogarth.”
Blackwall Tunnel Northbound Refurbishment London Street & Tunnel Operation Centre, 19 Naval Row, E14 9RY, London “Linking RB Greenwich and LB Tower Hamlets, the Northbound tunnel was built in 1897, was refurbished in 2010-11 and carries 55,000 vehicles each day.”
4 Bayer House Golden Lane Estate, EC1Y 0RN, London “Part of Golden Lane Estate which was the first public housing to be listed. A maisonette with many of the original detail and finishes.”

Find out more here.

A Good Day For Fetes !

 

 

Somebody emailed us today:

There are lots of fetes going on today – including at Our Lady of Ransom, Riverside, Plumberow, Rayleigh Primary and also Down Hall Primary School. Weather is going to be great for all of them. If you wish, would you mind saying on ONF that Down Hall’s fete is on between 1pm and 5pm and everyone is welcome?

 

 

Armed Forces Day , Rayleigh 2013

A good day and a good crowd!

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