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[Page last updated Mon 18 Jul 2011]
Photo: Hadleigh Fire Station - closed October 2009.
Old news from 2010
TENNIS CLUB PLANNING APPEAL UPHELD
Hadleigh Park Tennis Club have won an appeal against Castle Point Council's refusal to allow a new clubhouse to be built. The original planning application [ref CPT/554/09/FUL] was refused on 1 December 2009 but allowed on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate on 2 November 2010.
The inspector considered that the new clubhouse would not be likely to result in noise and disturbance to an extent which would cause harm to the living conditions of local residents. He also concluded that the proposal would not be likely to lead to an increase in on-street parking to an extent which would be detrimental to highway safety or detrimental to the living conditions of local residents.
The on-line Case File with the appeal decision can be found at:
[16 Nov 2010]
U3A INAUGURAL MEETING
The inaugural meeting of the Hadleigh U3A (University of the Third Age) took place at Hadleigh Methodist Church on Monday 4 October 2010. The meeting was so popular that the doors and to be closed and people turned away.
[6 Oct 2010]
HADLEIGH FIRE STATION CONSULTATION
A community consultation exercise is underway to seek views on future use(s) for Hadleigh's redundant Fire Station. The fire station has been purchased by Castle Point Regeneration Partnership and will be used as a cultural and community facility up to and during the 2012 Olympic Games. Use after the Olympic Games will be considered as part of the Hadleigh Town Centre Masterplan.
[Updated 16 Oct 2010]
HADLEIGH REGENERATION SHOP OPEN
A drop-in 'shop' has opened at 74 High Street for local residents to give their views on how they would like to see Hadleigh regenerated. Views expressed will help shape a Town Centre Masterplan being drawn up by Urban Practitioners, consultants for the project. The shop opening hours are as follows:
Wed/Thu/Fri - 10.0am to 4.00pm
Sat - 10.00am to 2.00pm
A new website has also been set up in connection with the Masterplan. Views on Hadleigh's regeneration can also be submitted via the website.
[18 Sep 2010]
MORRISONS PLANNING APPLICATION
A planning application has been submitted to demolish the existing Morrisons store and build a new one on the site of the former Lookers car dealership. The site of the existing store would be used for extra car parking.
[18 Sep 2010]
FIRE AT ROYALS STORE
The Royals News & Convenience store in Rectory Road, Hadleigh, has been badly damaged by a fire that started late on Friday 27 August. Four fire engines attended the fire which is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.
Echo article: http://tinyurl.com/365ftws
[1 Sep 2010]
ANOTHER WEBSITE FOR HADLEIGH
Another website for Hadleigh has been created by Charley Buck, who lives in Church Road and attends Deanes School.
Charley is also planning an online magazine from November so if you can assist him with articles, I am sure he would pleased to hear from you.
The address for Charley's website is www.hadleigh-essex.co.uk.
[1 Sep 2010]
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2010
The final total raised by Hadleigh Christian Aid Group for Christian Aid Week 2010 was £3,138.65. This represents an increase of over £200 on last year and is the highest total for at least eight years.
The house-to-house collection in May raised £1,854.35. Church collections and donations/fundraising by church groups contributed £1,078.70, and a strawberry tea at St Michael's Church raised £205.60.
Thank you to everyone who donated or who supported one of the fundraising events.
[26 Jul 2010]
RECTORY ROAD TOILETS NOW RE-OPENED
The refurbishment of the toilets in the Rectory Road car park has been completed and they have been re-opened. The seat that was located in front of the toilets has been removed.
[8 Jul 2010]
NEW CURATE AND NEW WEBSITE FOR ST JAMES THE LESS CHURCH
Rev. Caroline Brown has been appointed as a curate at St James The Less Church. Caroline previously worked in mental health for the NHS and also for a charity called The Shaftesbury Society.
St James The Less Church has also recently relaunched its website - see http://www.hadleighchurch.org.uk
[15 Jun 2010]
NEW MAYOR FOR CASTLE POINT
The new Mayor of Castle Point is Cllr David Cross, from St Mary's Ward, who succeeds Cllr Cliff Brunt.
The new Deputy Major is Cllr Jackie Gover, from St George's Ward.
CPBC website - http://tinyurl.com/3568hfz
Echo website - http://tinyurl.com/396vwnx
[20 May 2010]
In the General Election held on Thursday 6 May 2010, Rebecca Harris (Cons) was elected as MP for the Castle Point constituency.
In the Castle Point Borough Council ward elections, Godfrey Isaacs (Cons) was re-elected as councillor for St James The Less Ward and Cliff Brunt (Cons) was re-elected as councillor for Victoria Ward.
Full results appear on the 'Useful information' page.
[7 May 2010]
HADLEIGH CASTLE ROTARY CLUB HELPS FIRE BRIGADE FUNDRAISING
On Saturday 24 April, members of Hadleigh Castle Rotary Club helped fire brigade staff with a charity car wash at Rayleigh Weir Community Fire Station. Over £1,300 was raised for the Help the Heroes and the fire brigade charities. This was the highest amount raised in the district and much of the success was attributed to the enthusiastic efforts of the lady Club members in enticing dirty car owners in, and to their fetching outfits.
Hadleigh Castle Rotary Club meets every week at the Rayleigh Weir fire station. If you are interested in finding out more about Rotary, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
[3 May 2010]
MAY 2010 ELECTION CANDIDATES
The General Election candidates for the Castle Point Constituency are as follows:
~ Brendan O'Cruz (Liberal Democrats)
~ Rebecca Harris (Conservatives)
~ Philp Howell (Britsih National Party)
~ Bob Spink (Independent Save Our Green Belt)
~ Julian Ware-Lane (Labour)
The candidates for the two Hadleigh wards in the Castle Point Borough Council elections are as follows:
St James Ward
~ Darryl Godbold (Independent Save Our Green Belt)
~ Godfrey Issacs (Conservatives)
~ Fred Jones (Labour and Co-operative)
~ Harry Brett (Labour)
~ Cliff Brunt (Conservatives)
~ Sally Marie Hardes (Independent Save Our Green Belt)
[21 Apr 2010]
HADLEIGH FARM MOUNTAIN BIKE COURSE
PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED
A planning application has been submitted to Castle Point Borough Council for the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking course at Hadleigh Farm. The planning documents may be viewed at:
[21 Apr 2010]
HADLEIGH FIRE STATION PURCHASE
The former Hadleigh fire station site has been purchased by Castle Point Regeneration Partnership for £495,000, according to a report in the local Echo newspaper.
Funds for the purchase came from a £1.3m regeneration package from the Homes & Communities Agency. The remaining money will be spent on development of the Hadleigh Town Centre Masterplan, including opening a drop-in 'shop' to allow residents to give their views. Some money will also be spent on immediate improvements including CCTV and renovation of public toilets.
Regeneration Partnership link:
[10 Apr 2010]
TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN CONSULTANTS APPOINTED
At a Cabinet Meeting on 16 February 2010, Castle Point Council appointed Urban Practitioners to develop a Town Centre Masterplan for Hadleigh.
See 'Hadleigh Town Centre Masterplan' below for more information.
[10 Apr 2010]
NEW MUSIC GROUP FOR CHILDREN
St James The Less Church, in the High Street, is launching a new children's group for under sixes to be known as 'Music Makers'. The group will meet for the first time on Sunday 14 March from 10.45am to 11.15am and will feature 'songs, stories and smiles'. For further information phone 01702 389532 or drop-in any Sunday.
[7 Mar 2010]
NEW BUSINESSES SPRINGING UP
Despite the poor economic climate, several new businesses have started in Hadleigh in recent weeks:
~ 'Ballons at From Me to You' selling greetings cards at 213 London Road;
~ The Beauty Spot beauty salon at 24 Rectory Road;
~ Land Marque Automotive Ltd offering Land Rover parts & servicing at 345/347 London Road;
~ 'The Laundry Basket' laundrette at 217 London Road;
- 'Thirteen' tattoos and piercing at 378 London Road.
- Chapel & Chapel (mainly new & second-hand furniture) at 26-26a Rectory Road (formerly Chemys)
~ Essex Carpets have opened a new showroom at 341 London Road.
~ The Bay Tree cafe at 5-7 Rectory Road has been refurbished and turned into a bistro and wine bar.
~ Latinos Restaurant at 205 London Road has extended into the adjacent property (formerly Bulgarian Homes) ~ 'Klix' hairdressers have moved from the High Street to 309 London Road (formerly Tra' Bon).
~ The Bradford & Bingley and Abbey National premises have both now been re-branded as Santander.
- Maison Noir tea rooms and gift shop has expanded into 219 London Road (formerly Floral Art Workshop).
The former Wooolworths premises on London Road are 'Under offer'.
[Updated 21 Apr 2010]
HADLEIGH & THUNDERSLEY
COMMUNITY ARCHIVE WEBSITE
Lottery funding has been obtained to set-up a Hadleigh Community Archive website, similar to the one that already exists for Canvey Island at http://www.canveyisland.org.
A meeting held on 8 December 2009 was attended by about a dozen people interested in maintaining or contributing to the website. One of the attendees, Mr Nick Turner, agreed to represent the archive at other meetings.
A further meeting was held on Tuesday 19 January 2010 in Hadleigh Library to discuss roles and training. It was also agreed that the archive should be extended to include Thundersley, including Daws Heath.
[Updated 25 Jan 2010]
HADLEIGH COUNCILLOR SUSPENDED
Cllr. Bill Sharp, one of three councillors representing St. James Ward in Hadleigh, has been suspended for six months by Castle Point Council's Standards Committee after being found guilty of six breaches of the council's Code of Conduct, including bullying of council officer Mr Ian Burchill.
CPBC News item: http://www.castlepoint.gov.uk/main.cfm?Type=N&news=16258
CPBC Standards Committee Decision Notices:
[Updated 25 Jan 2010]
NEWS FROM THE RECENT OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN BIKING PUBLIC MEETINGS
Two more public events have been held to inform local residents on progress towards staging the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike events. The meetings were held on Tuesday 12 January at the Council Offices and on Wednesday 13 January 2010 at the SA Training Centre Tea Rooms.
It is estimated that 50% of the predicted 20,000 spectators will arrive via Leigh Station. For those not wishing or unable to walk to the event, shuttle busses will drive along Belton Way, Thames Drive, London Road and then into Park Chase. Some works will be done to the single track road near Park Farm House. Metal trackways will be used to cross the corner of the field near the houses at Mount Zion to avoid the drop down into Castle Lane.
Road widening is planned at the bottom of Castle Lane and the bottom of Chapel Lane. There was continuing oppostion to the latter plan and Cllr. Stephen Castle said (at the 13 January meeting) that he would get the design team involved to look again at this part of the plan.
It was stressed at the meetings that none of the above is yet cast in stone!
Cllr. Stephen Castle announced that he had been in talks with the Chair of the Essex Fire Authority and he has obtained tentative agreement for the redundant Hadleigh Fire Station to be used for arts and other cultural events up to the 2012 Olympics.
To watch a video of the meeting held on Tuesday 12 January at the Council Offices, see:
[16 Jan 2010]
ST. MICHAEL'S NEW CHURCH PROJECT
Fundraising is underway to build a new church at St. Michael's in Daws Heath, to replace the existing church.
The cost of the New Church, including demolition of the existing church, and a new Garden of Remembrance will be around £300,000.
For more information see:
[16 Jan 2010]
ROTARY CLUB FOR HADLEIGH
A new Rotary club is coming to Hadleigh...
Enthusiastic, fun-loving and active volunteers are needed, who can give some of their time and talents to serve the community. Each member would enjoy business as well as social networking opportunities, whilst giving something back to those less fortunate, learning new skills and having a huge amount of fun!
Regular meetings will be held every Wednesday in the new fire station near Rayleigh Weir.
For more information about Rotary, please visit:
[Updated 16 Jan 2010]
Old news from 2009
FIRE STATION CLOSED
Hadleigh Fire Station closed on Saturday 24 October 2009 when the fire engines and firefighters relocated to the new fire station near Rayleigh Weir.
Although of no particular architectural merit, the fire station is an iconic and well-loved building, having stood at the western entrance to Hadleigh town centre since 1931.
Several commercial interests, including Wetherspoon's pub chain and the owners of the La Quinta restaurant, have expressed an interest in acquiring the building, which is owned by Essex Fire Authority.
Local residents have suggested alternative uses as a community centre/meeting hall, or an arts/information centre, incorporating an exhibition area with a library and museum.
[9 Nov 2009]
HARRIET'S GARDEN DESIGN HOTLISTED
A garden design by Harriet Smith, from Hadleigh, has been shortlisted in the Great British Garden Competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
The winning design will be featured in the new Olympic Park in east London.
Update: The competion was won by 11-year-old Hannah Clegg from Malmesbury.
[Updated 6 Jan 2010]
THE CROWN PUB SOLD
The Crown Pub in Hadleigh is now closed and, according to the Echo newspaper, has been sold to a property development company, MCC Developments, for £400,000.
[18 Sep 2009]
COUNCIL BID FOR WEST WOOD ACCEPTED - CONTRACTS NOW EXCHANGED
Contracts for the acquisition of West Wood were exchanged on 4th September. The wood is now jointly owned by Castle Point Borough Council and Essex County Council.
[18 Sep 2009]
NEW METHODIST MINISTER FOR HADLEIGH
Hadleigh Methodist Church has a new Minister - Rev. Diane Smith. Rev. Smith took over at the beginnning of September having been ordained at the Methodist Conference in July. Rev. Smith will also oversee Trinity Methodist Church in Westcliff and Chalkwell Methodist Church.
[18 Sep 2009]
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK TOTAL
The total raised by Hadleigh Christian Aid Group (which now includes St Barnabas Church) for Christian Aid Week 2009 was £2,934.58.
Thank you to everyone who donated directly, through the house-to-house collection or a church collection, or who organised or supported an event for Christian Aid. Grateful thanks are also owed to the house-to-house collection volunteers. (See "Churches" page for a summary of the source of funds.)
[31 Jul 2009]
LONDON ROAD BUS LANE PLAN DROPPED
A plan by Essex County Council to instal a bus lane on London Road, alongside the Salvation Army field between Park Chase and Tattersal Gardens, has been dropped.
The bus lane would have used much of the wide verge which is planted with mature trees and shrubs and which forms a green entrance to Hadleigh from the east. The associated path is well-used by dog-walkers, joggers etc.
The decision follows widespread public objection including several petitions.
[31 Jul 2009]
CROWN HOTEL SITE RESTAURANT & CAR WASH PLAN REFUSED
The plan to demolish the historic Crown Hotel pub in Hadleigh High Street and build a drive-through Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and car wash pod has been refused by Development Control officers at Castle Point Council.
The report and decision letter can be viewed/downloaded at:
[22 Jul 2009]
NEW HEADTEACHER FOR WESTWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Governing Body of Westwood Primary School has appointed Mr Simon Harbrow as Headteacher. Mr Harbrow is currently the Headteacher of a school in Yorkshire and he will be take up the post at Westwood in January 2010. The acting Headteacher, Mrs Lella Yates, will remain in post for the Autumn 2009 term.
[17 Jun 2009]
NEW MAYOR OF CASTLE POINT FROM HADLEIGH
The new Mayor of Castle Point is Cllr Cliff Brunt, a resident of Hadleigh and a ward councillor for Victoria Ward.
The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr David Cross, a ward councillor for St. Mary's Ward.
[14 May 2009]
CASTLE LANE PATH
A new path has been installed in Castle Lane to make it safer for pedestrians to walk to Hadleigh Castle and the Salvation Army Farm attractions. The path is inside the hedge of the Salvation Army field to the west side of Castle Lane.
[21 Apr 2009]
BENDY BOLLARDS IN NEW ROAD
New bollards have finally been installed on a road narrowing feature on New Road (near the junction with Rectory Road). The new bollards are made of plastic and will bend if struck by a car. These replace concrete bollards that were demolished some months ago when a car ran into them.
[21 Apr 2009]
HERITAGE GARDEN WORK
Work has been completed on a revamp of the Heritage Garden on London Road, next to the Salvation Army Temple.
For some background to the work, see the "Neighbourhood meetings" page.
[Updated 17 Jun 2009]
WILDLIFE GROUP LAUNCES NEW WEBSITE
Castle Point Wildlife Group, whose members help to maintain local woods, including West Wood in Hadleigh, have launched a new website.
The site may be viewed at:
[27 Mar 2009]
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING CHANGE
Pc. Sharon Lawrence is moving to a new role focusing on Anti Social Behaviour. Her successor as Neighbourhood Specialist Officer for Hadleigh is Pc. Adam Clarke, who has moved from Southend.
[19 Feb 2009]
WESTWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL HEAD STEPS DOWN
The headteacher of Westwood Primary School, Mr John Oakshott, is standing down at half-term (13 February 2009).
The Local Authority have appointed an interim Headteacher, Mrs Lella Yates, who will start at the school on the 23 February 2009.
For more information see the News page on the school website at: http://www.westwoodprimary.co.uk
[9 Feb 2009]
HADLEIGH WOOLWORTH'S CLOSES
The Woolworth's store in Hadleigh closes its door for the last time on Tuesday 6 January. The UK company went into administration in November and no buyer has been found.
The first Woolworth's store in the UK opened in Liverpool on 5 November 1909.
[5 Jan 2009]
Old news from 2008
GREEN BELT HOMES PLAN DROPPED
A plan by Castle Point Council to build more than 500 homes on Green Belt land north of Daws Heath Road in Thundersley has been dropped following a sustained public campaign.
However, the council is still looking to use some of the Green Belt land to expand the Stadium Way Trading Estate.
[6 Dec 2008]
HOLLIES GP SURGERY EXTENSION
A planning application to extend "The Hollies" GP Surgery on Rectory Road has been approved by Castle Point Council.
The single-storey extension will include automatic entrance doors to a lobby, dispensary and manager's office.
Some holly trees near the entrance to the surgery were cut down recently in anticipation of the planned works.
[6 Dec 2008]
NEIGHBOURHOOD MEETING SUPPORTED
The latest Hadleigh & Daws Heath Neighbourhood Meeting, held in the British Legion Hall on Wednesday 15 October, was well supported. The meeting agreed that a Christmas Tree should be provided in Hadleigh Centre. [The Christmas lights will be officially switched-on on Saturday 6 December - see "What's On" page for details.]
The meeting was also told that a public footpath will be installed alongside the SA field on Castle Lane once legal agreements have been signed.
More information in the form of brief notes may be found on the "Neighbourhood Meeting" page.
[16 Oct 2008]
NEW VICARS FOR HADLEIGH
New vicars have recently been appointed to two Hadleigh churches.
Rev. David Childs will be inducted at St James The Less Church on Thursday 30 October 2008. His appointment follows the retirement in March 2008 of Rev. Mike Ketley.
Rev. Mark Brosnan will be inducted at St Barnabas Church on Tuesday 16 December 2008. The church has been without a vicar since Rev. Steve Holmes moved to a different pastorate in March 2007.
[16 Oct 2008]
POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER CHANGES
Changes have taken place in the Police Community Support Team covering Hadleigh. PCSO Yvonne Saltiel has moved to Canvey but PCSOs Dave Franklin and Rob Bailey have moved to Hadleigh from Canvey.
[17 Sep 2008]
OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN BIKING AT HADLEIGH
Subject to contractual negotiations, Hadleigh will be the venue for mountain biking at the London Olympics in 2012.
Most of the proposed course will be on Salvation Army land adjacent to Hadleigh Castle Country Park.
All infrastructure, including a spectator stand, large TV screen, VIP and media accomodation etc, will be temporary. Sections of the course will be left in place for use by cyclists in the future.
Other website reporting of this news:
[Link in two parts]
[Updated 24 Nov 2008]
NEW SALVATION ARMY TEMPLE LEADERS
Hadleigh Salvation Army Temple welcomed new leaders, Majors Stuart and Gillian Dicker, on Sunday 10 August 2008.
Major Stuart and Major Gillian have been in Salvation Army ministry since 1980, most recently at Eastbourne.
For more information, visit the Hadleigh SA website at:
[14 Aug 2008]
NEW MAYOR OF CASTLE POINT & DEPUTY MAYOR FROM HADLEIGH
The new Mayor of Castle Point is Cllr Norman Ladzrie, a resident of Hadleigh and a ward councillor for St James Ward.
The new Deputy Mayor is Cllr Cliff Brunt, another resident of Hadleigh and a ward councillor for Victoria Ward.
[7 Jun 2008]
HADLEIGH COUNCILLORS RE-ELECTED
Cllr Bill Sharp (St James Ward) and Cllr Enid Isaacs (Victoria Ward) were re-elected in the local elections held on Thursday 1 May.
Full results for Castle Point can be found here:
[2 May 2008]
Old news from 2007
McDONALD'S "BIG M" SIGN REFUSED
Castle Point Borough Council has refused a second application for a "Big M" or "Golden Arches" sign at McDonald's, 124 High Street, because it would create "an obtrusive, unnecessary and overdominant feature in the streetscene, detrimental to the visual amenities of the streetscene and the aspect of the St. James The Less Church." This application was for a sign on a 3.0m pole. An earlier application in 2002 for a similar sign on a 3.5m pole was also refused and an appeal by McDonald's was dismissed.
See "Planning decisions" page for more information.
[21 Dec 2007]
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
Hadleigh's Christmas lights were officially switched on by Cllr Beverley Egan, Mayor of Castle Point, on Saturday 1 December. A good crowd also welcomed Santa Claus, who appeared courtesy of Benfleet Rotary Club.
People of all ages joined in carol singing around the town's Christmas tree to music provided by a wind ensemble from Benfleet Music School, led by David Hurrell. Members of Thundersley Air Cadets were on hand to distribute carol sheets.
The event was co-ordinated by Friends of Hadleigh Church, who kindly provided refreshments in the church afterwards.
[4 Dec 2007]
HAROLD HOUSE DEMOLISHED
Harold House, one of the oldest houses in Hadleigh, has now been demolished.
Building work on the ten proposed flats is about to commence.
See "Planning decisions" page for background information.
[Updated 4 Dec 2007]
PLAN FOR 13 HOUSES AT 100 SCRUB LANE - APPEAL ALLOWED AFTER PUBLIC INQUIRY
The Planning Inspectorate has allowed the appeal against CPBC's refusal to grant permission for 13 houses on the site of 100 Scrub Lane and the neighbouring bungalow at 56 Bilton Road.
See 'Planning Decisions' page for more information.
[1 Nov 2007]
PARK CHASE FLATS PLAN APPROVED
On 30th October 2007, CBPC Planning Committee approved the building of 29 flats at Park Chase, Hadleigh. Permission was dependent on permission also being granted for a related application for 8 affordable flats at 165 Kiln Road, Thundersley (on the eastern corner of Wensley Road).
See 'Planning decisions' page for more more information.
[1 Nov 2007]
Starting on Monday 12th November, residents of Castle Point will be able to discuss highways issues on a face-to-face basis with a member of Essex County Council's Highways Department. The surgeries will take place at the Council Offices, Kiln Road, Thundersley, between 9.00am and 12 noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
[4 Oct 2007]
NEW FIRE STATION PLAN
The planning application covering the design of the new fire station on Stadium Way, Rayleigh Weir was approved at CPBC's Planning Committee meeting on 4 September 2007.
The on-line CAse File can be found here:
NB: Ignore the decision and report documents dated 21 Aug 2007 - these are misfiled.
[Updated 20 Sep 2007]
LINK RADIO STUDIO APPEAL
Link Radio, based in Beresford Close, Hadleigh, is launching a campaign to raise £40,0000 to rebuild its crumbling studios.
The charity radio station broadcasts round-the-clock radio shows to elderly people's homes in south-east Essex.
[30 Aug 2007]
WAGGON & HORSES PUB SITE
The building of 31 retirement flats on the site of the Waggon & Horses pub is now well under way.
According to Pat Connell of Essex County Council's Heritage Unit, an archaeolical investigation, carried out before groundworks started, revealed no archaeological remains.
The Waggon & Horses pub was demolished in late February 2007.
Planning permisison was granted to McCarthy & Stone in June 2006 for the development of 31 sheltered apartments on the site.
[29 Aug 2007]
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2007
The house-to-house collection conducted by the Hadleigh Christian Aid Group (within the Parish of St James The Less) raised £1,423.41. This represents a 46% increase on last year's total.
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the collection and to all those who donated. It was an amazing result.
The overall total raised, including church collections, profits from events plus other donations, was £2,897.68, up from £1,896.91 in 2006.
[30 Jul 2007]
LIDL STORE RAILING
The Lidl store has now installed a metal rail fence around its car park.
This follows a meeting of CPBC's Planning Committee on 31 October 2006 at which the committee voted to issue an enforcement notice against the Lidl store in Hadleigh to comply with the terms of its original planning permission in respect of the railing used to enclose the car park. When the store was built a low timber railing was used around the front of the car park instead of the agreed 1.6m high metal railing between brick piers.
The store did apply for a variation of the original planning permission but this was refused. Lidl appealed against this refusal but lost the appeal.
HADLEIGH POST OFFICE RELOCATION
The Post Office at 16 Rectory Road, Hadleigh has relocated to 249-251 London Road, Hadleigh (in Asif’s New Pharmacy).
The existing premises were closed on Saturday 20 January 2007. The new premises opened on Thursday 25 January 2007.
Old news from 2006
BAY TREE CAFE RAMRAID
Part of the frontage of the Bay Tree Cafe in Rectory Road, Hadleigh, has been badly damaged as a result of a car being reversed into it. The motive appears to have been theft but the thieves got away with only £50 from the till.
The damage was discovered on the morning of Tuesday 3 October.
BUILDING SOCIETY RAID
The Bradford and Bingley Building Society office on the corner of London Road and Rectory road was raided on Friday 6 October. Three men entered the office and grabbed cash boxes containing a substantial amount of money. The men ran out and jumped in to a car containing two women, which drove off along Rectory Road towards Daws Heath.
The office remained close until Wednesday 11 October.
THREE NEW MINISTERS FOR HADLEIGH
Three new ministers have been appointed recently to churches in Hadleigh.
At Hadleigh Baptist Church, Rev. Paul Stow was inducted as the full-time minister on Saturday 23 September 2006. The church had been without a minister for a year since Rev. Matthew Farrow and his family moved to Cambridgeshire. Paul was formerly a minister at Earls Hall Baptist Church.
At Hadleigh Methodist Church. Rev. Martine Stemerick is now the minister. Martine was welcomed to the district at a service held at Highlands Methodist Church. She will also be in charge of churches at Benfleet, Thundersley and Canvey. Martine has taken over from Rev. Vincent Canning who has left to become a navy chaplain at Gosport, Hampshire.
At Hadleigh United Reformed Church, Rev. Jack Roche was inducted as part-time minister on Sunday 1 October 2006. The church has been without a minister for four years. Jack has come out of retirement, following spells at South Ockenden URC and in his native Lancashire.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2006 - £1,896.91 RAISED
The total amount raised by the Hadleigh Christian Aid Group for Christian Aid Week 2006 was £1,896.91. This represents a sizeable increase over last year's final total of £1,500.38. (The Hadleigh CA Group covers the area defined by the Parish of St James The Less.)
The breakdown by source of income is as follows:
Good Friday United Service offertory - £213.13
House-to-house collection - £973.59
Church collections - £504.19
URC Wives' Fellowship - £50.00
URC Table Sale - £23.00
St. Michael's Church Strawberry Tea - £133.00
I would like to thank to all those who donated to this year's appeal. My special thanks go to those who helped with the house-to-house collection and to those who organised fund-raising events. All your support is greatly appreciated.
Organiser, Hadleigh Christian Aid Group
LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS
At the local elections on Thursday 4 May the sitting councillors in the two Hadleigh wards retained their seat. Full results were as follows:
*** St James Ward ***
Godfrey Isaacs (Con) 1,327
N Pachy (Green) 373
F Jones (Lab) 200
*** Victoria Ward ***
Cliff Brunt (Con) 1,161
H Brett (Lab) 315
D Copping (Green) 307
RECTORY ROAD CAR PARK CHARGES
The car parking charges in Rectory Road car park
rose by 10p on 1 April 2006.
1 hour - 40p (from 30p)
2 hours - 60p (from 50p)
3 hours - 90p (from 80p)
Parking in Endway and Homestead Road car park remains free.
FIRE AT HADLEY'S PUB
Hadley's Free House pub on Benfleet Road was badly damaged by fire on Friday 31 March around midnight.
A couple who were trapped in an upstairs flat were rescued by four men from neighbouring Capone's nightclub.
Six fire engines attended the fire, which is being treated as suspicious.
As a result of the fire, the external rendering of the neighbouring La Quinta restaurant was damaged and the restaurant has undergone a major refurbishment costing £300,000.
HADLEIGH LIBRARY CHANGES
Hadleigh Library re-opened on Tuesday 28th February after being closed for two weeks. The main desk has been replaced with an automated self-service area whilst a small desk deals with queries, CD/DVD loans etc.
There are a few new book display stands but the main shelving area is unaltered.
WAGGON & HORSES PUB SITE
On 26 January 2006, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport & The Regions decided not to call in McCarthy & Stone's latest planning application to demolish the Waggon & Horses pub and build 31 retirement flats.
On 7 February 2006, the application was finally determined at the meeting of Castle Point BC Planning Committee when approval was given subject to various conditions. Therefore, the Waggon & Horses pub will be demolished. Before this is done, an archaelogical excavation will be carried out because the car park is thought to be the site of a Belgic or Late Iron Age burial group.
SEE "Planning decisions" FOR MORE DETAILS