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).
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)
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.
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?
Sometimes at onlineFOCUS its hard to tell the difference between a serious message and spam. But we have been contacted by Pop&Go Knickers who are promoting tomorrow’s Armed Forces Event in Rayleigh on their website:
Let’s hope the weather improves tomorrow for the RAF flypasts and for the Tigers parachute display team who will be jumping for us tomorrow in Rayleigh for the South Essex Armed Force Day celebrations.
This is the country’s largest Armed Forces Day celebrations. On the programme we have school performances, bands, displays, performances from the Colchesters Military Wives Choir, military vehicles on display from the 1940′s all the way up to the current day, the Tigers parachute display team jumping into the arena, and the RAF performing a number of flypasts.
Entry is free on the day but priority entry will be given to people who purchase the programme (£3 programme for 4 entries).
Women in the military participating in the event can request free pairs of Pop&Go Knickers to trial. Samples will be on display in the changing rooms on the day. Contact Aurora to request free pairs: Aurora@PopandGoKnickers.com
It’s on Saturday June 29th in King George’s Field. 10:00am until 5:00pm – it’s going to be a BIG day.
“Join us for one of the countries largest Armed Forces Day celebrations, from school performances, to bands, displays, performances from the Colchesters Military Wives Choir, get to meet your local troops, see the amazing military vehicles on display from the 1940′s all the way up to the current day. We also have the Tigers parachute display team jumping into the arena, as well as the RAF performing a number of flypasts throughout the day (weather permitting). There will be inflatables and games for the kids, a completely self contained food court to cater for all tastes and so much more, make sure you don’t miss this event!!
Can we please ask that due to the number of attendees expected it is advised you make use of all public transport links due to the limited parking availability in the town. All main bus routes pass within 200 meters of the venue and the train station is only a 10 minute walk away.
Priority entry is via advance purchase of an official event programme, this will admit a family of 4 for only £3 and they will be available locally in the build up to the event, locations to be confirmed on here and in the local press. Additional children with a programme holder can gain priority entry for a donation, additional adults need a programme. Admission is free on the day dependant on visitor safety, programme holders get priority though.”
There’s going to be a tidy-up of the churchyard of St Nicholas Church in Rawreth on Saturday 1st June. It will start at about 11 go through until 3 or 4pm depending on how many helpers there are, and, of course, on the weather.
The focus will be the churchyard but if folk can help in church, especially if the weather is bad, that would be appreciated too. Please bring whatever tools you would like to use, think about hedges, grass (especially around graves) and roots. Garden gloves make a big difference!
From the District Council website:
Wild Woods Day is a popular family event which happens each June in Hockley Woods.
The event offers a range of arts, sports and leisure activities and a focus on ‘green’ themes including recycling, sustainability and protecting the local environment.
In 2013, the tenth annual Wild Woods Day will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 1 June.
More info here.
The District Council website mentions that the play “The Admirable Crichton” is on at the Mill Arts And Events Centre on the 16th , 17th and 18th May , performed by Rayleigh Operatic & Dramatic Society:
Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May at 7:30pm, additional matinee on Saturday 18th May at 2:00pm.
Tickets cost £10 adults & £8 concessions and are available from our Box Office on 01268 771751
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