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Lights Out First World War Commemoration

Mametz, Western Front: men, animals and supplies in snow covered valley (oil-on-canvas, 76.2 cm x 127.6 cm, 1919) by Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

Mametz, Western Front: men, animals and supplies in snow covered valley (oil-on-canvas, 76.2 cm x 127.6 cm, 1919) by Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

From the District Council website:

Rochford District Council will be taking part in the national ‘Lights Out’ campaign, which will see the UK plunge into darkness to mark the start of the First World War.

‘Lights Out’ is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4 August 2014, leaving on a single light or candle, for this shared moment of reflection. This will mark the hour that Britain entered the First World War, one hundred years ago.

‘Lights Out’ is the headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW, initiated by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It will complement a candlelit vigil of prayer being held at Westminster Abbey, which will be attended by the Royal family, at the same time.

It is hoped that over one million candles will be lit across the UK to remember each & every service man or woman who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

Councillor June Lumley, Chairman of Rochford District Council, said: “The ‘Lights Out’ campaign is a simple but effective and creative way of marking the start of the First World War. I am proud that Rochford District Council is taking part in this national campaign, and urge residents across the district to participate in this important and symbolical act too.”

Rochford District Council will turn off all the lights at the Rayleigh and Rochford Council Offices and Rayleigh Windmill, from 10-11pm on Monday 4 August, leaving just one bright light illuminated at each location. Residents across the District, particularly owners of other prominent buildings, are encouraged to take part at the same time.

The Royal British Legion will be holding a First World War Commemoration Candlelit Service, conducted by the Reverend John Townsend of Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh. This will be held outside the Royal British Legion Memorial area in Rayleigh on 4 August, commencing at 10pm.

Further information is available on the ‘Lights Out’ website, http://www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out.

The Tour De France Essex !

A big day for Essex tomorrow, with the Tour De France passing through our county:

tour de france

The official Tour De France website is here. There is also information on the Essex County Council website.

The Guardian describes the stage as follows:

Relatively short and definitely flat, with not one rated climb en route through Essex, but scenic villages aplenty like Finchingfield and Radwinter before the lengthy run-in past the Olympic park and across the capital to the Mall, replicating the finish of the 2012 Games road race.

Lost Walks Of Rochford

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From the District Council website

 

Help us rediscover lost walks and hidden heritage in rural and coastal Rochford District.

Join us on foot or online and help reveal the stories of Rochford’s changing landscape through a series of public walks.

Walk 1: Barling – Wakering
Wednesday 9 July 2014
10am to 2pm
Meet at All Saints Church, Church Road, Barling
Ends at St Nicholas Church, 2 New Road, Great Wakering

Walk 2: Hullbridge – Hockley – Hullbridge
Wednesday 9 July 2014
4pm to 8pm
Walk starts and ends at the Anchor Riverside Pub, Ferry Road, Hullbridge
Free Public Car Park next to the Anchor Inn

Walk 3: Ashingdon – South Fambridge – Canewdon
Thursday 10 July 2014
10am to 2pm
Meet by Ashingdon Primary Academy, Fambridge Road, Ashingdon
Ends at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Canewdon

Walk 4: Canewdon – Wallasea Island – Paglesham East End
Thursday 10 July 2014
4pm to 8pm
Starts at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Canewdon
Ends at The Plough and Sail Public House, East End, Paglesham

Please further information please phone 01702 318171or email arts@rochford.gov.uk

Share your stories and photos of rural and coastal Rochford on the Facebook page in related links

Follow the walks on Twitter @RochfordWalks

Lost Walks of Rochford is led by artists Ali Pretty and Richard White, working with Rochford District Council Arts Development. Ali and Richard regularly collaborate on creative walking projects described as ‘feet on the ground and digitally connected’. Their walks through Rochford District will be documented and archived using social media, mapping and tracking technology.

 

Aiming For A Museum !

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Mike Davies from “Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass” is on a working party trying to open a Town Museum. He has emailed lots of people today , including ourselves:

We are actively pursuing our aspirations to open a Rayleigh Town Museum …..Indeed we have just identified a potential site in the centre of Rayleigh High Street…Watch this space!!!!!
We now plan to hold a number of “Fundraising” events to raise much needed funds and the first of these will be a Quiz Night, details as per the attached poster.
It would be great if you could support us in some way, either by attending, donating a prize for our raffle, exhibiting the poster at a club or group you are a member of, or by becoming one of our “sponsors”.
If you would like more details please contact me at any time.

Regards
Mike Davies
Chairman
Rayleigh Town Museum
Working Party
01268785657

A Reminder For Next Sunday….

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“Friends of Sweyne Park Open Space are organising a litter pick in Sweyne Park Open Space between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Sunday 29th June. We will be based in the car park off Downhall Park Way during this time. Litter pickers (the grabby things) and bin bags will be provided to all volunteers and we will collect the bags afterwards so volunteers don’t have to dispose of the rubbish”

Could be quite fun.. please come….

Jazz At The Old Hadleigh Fire Station

There’s a series of musical events at the old Hadleigh Fire Station over the summer.

The next one is on Friday 23 May (the day after the local elections) and features the Francois Carrier trio.

Entry costs £5 – including first drink.

Find out more at the Fire Station website here (the website unfortunately spells Francois’name incorrectly)

And if you have never heard of Francois Carrier , we’ll add something  from youtube later so you can see if his music appeals to you… Depends how much you like contemporary jazz….

 

Another Chance To Climb The Tower (Weather Permitting!)

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A Night That Made You Feel Proud Of Rayleigh

Last Thursday’s Annual Town Meeting at Sweyne Park School was a great success – the kind of evening that fills you with optimism.

The meeting was essentially in two parts. First of all, a talk by the head of the school, Andy Hodgkinson. After that came the presentation of awards and certificate to a wide variety of local individuals , teams, and organisations.

It would be great to write about them all here – there were some impressive winners, such as the Fitzwimarc team who represented the UK in the world school athletics championships- but we don’t have the background notes to do everyone justice. But the two main awards were as follows : the Chairman’s Award for 2014 went to the Mushroom Theatre Company , and the Citizen of the Year was Mike Davies of Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass.

Friends Of Sweyne Park Meeting Next Monday

friends of sweyne park meeting

“All Nature Lovers Welcome”

barling reserve

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.

 

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