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"No News is Good News" - unless you are trying to put together a webpage on News. In which case a blank page looks a little bit funny.

So why don't you email us and tell us what you think is making news in Great Baddow, that you'd like to share with us all. If you wish it to be anonymous, we're happy to oblige.

Tyrells Way Switched On

Christmas Lights 2012 at Tyrells Way photoDespite the cold weather, a large and enthusiastic crowd turned out yesterday (2nd December) for the official switching on of the Christmas lights on Tyrells Way. The switching on was preceded by carol singing and accompanied by the consumption of Christmas goodies and mulled wine. A short while later Father Christmas came to visit on his illuminated, musical sleigh and delighted the many children who had turned up.

Please let us know if you've lit up your street and we'll include a photo here.

[Source: MC (3rd December 2012)]

King's Head to Re-open on 1st December

Have you walked past the King's Head at the top of Maldon Road recently and thought how sad to see it sitting there empty? Well the good news is that it's currently being fully re-furbished and will re-open on 1st December

InGreatBaddow has been given a sneak preview of the menu (we'll share it with you here very soon) and it certainly looks tempting with a range of meals available from 11am - 7pm every day at attractive prices for the cost-conscious.

If the food isn't enough to tempt you in, how about 3 TV's showing live sports? Or free wi-fi? How about a free taxi service into Chelmsford City Centre at 10.30pm? Throw in a pool table and team and a semi-pro darts team and suitable facilities and you have a pub that must be worth visting in the heart of the village .

Good luck to Gary and the team and let's hope they're with us for many years to come!

[Source: MC (7th November 2012)]

Great Baddow Antiques Road Trip Broadcast Date.

Tune in on Monday 12th November to see how John Challis (Boycie from Only Fools & Horses) and Phillip Serrell fared with the items they bought from a Little Bazaar during their Antiques Road Trip special as part of this year's BBC's Children in Need fund-raising.

Paul Goodman, owner of a Little Bazaar (a site sponsor of, is keen to learn how the sexy stripper's shoes that Boycie bought can make a profit.

Boycie's TV wife Marlene (Sue Holderness) was joined by Charlie Hanson for her shopping trip to Baddow Antiques Centre at The Bringey.

[Source: Radio Times (5th November 2012)]

Great Baddow Cyclist Leaves Team Sky for Movistar

phil dowsett photoPhil Dowsett, the 24 year old cycling star who lives in Great Baddow, has left Team Sky to join the Spanish Movistar team.

Phil has signed a two year deal and admitted that it had been a really hard decision to make since Team Sky tried hard to keep him.

Phil told the Essex Chronicle that he felt there would be more opportunities for him there by competing in more high profile tours and top races on his own merit.

[Source: Essex Chronicle (1st November 2012)]

Boycie & Serrell Go Antique Road Tripping at A Little Bazaar

John Challis (Boycie from Only Fools & Horses and the spin-off Green Green Grass) and auctioneer Phillip Serrell were in the village last week filming for an Antiques Road Trip special as part of this year's BBC's Children in Need fund-raising.

They spent a couple of hours in A Little Bazaar on Maldon Road (one of our site sponsors), after Boycie arrived at the shop in an old Ford Cortina. Paul Goodman, the owner of A Little Bazaar, was disappointed that they ignored the quality items in the shop and went instead for a chipped china plate, a pair of sexy stripper shoes and an old railway sign. (So the better quality bargains are still available, if you know what to look for!) Afterwards Boycie joined Paul and the girls for tea and pastries.

Meanwhile Boycie's TV wife Marlene (Sue Holderness) was joined by Charlie Hanson for her shopping trip to Baddow Antiques Centre at The Bringey. Ron East from tne Centre was delighted with their visit and the items that they bought.

The date for the show going on air isn't yet known but is thought to be in November to coincide with the Children in Need appeal

[Source: Essex Chronicle & MC (26th July 2012)]

King's Head Closes Again

Sadly the King's Head in Maldon Road is again looking for new tenants having closed it's doors once more earlier this month. Since Dave and Sally Trigg left in 2009, the pub has struggled to regain its former popularity. Perhaps someone with flair and entrepeneurial skills in the village will be inspired to take it on and restore it to its former glory. If so, take a look at .

[Source: MC ( July 2012)]

England's Euro2012 Chef

Tim D'eath, England's Head Chef Euro2012 Great Baddow resident Tim De'Ath is playing a bigger part than most football fans in the England team's bid for glory in Euro 2012. He is the England team's head chef and has taken over the kitchen at the team's five star hotel in Krakow, Poland. With the help of eight Polish chefs, he is in charge of creating a huge selection of nutritional meals for the England players. Tim was originally appointed heaf chef of the England team prior to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. After the Euro 2012 tournament he will return to his post as head chef at West Ham, a position he has held for 12 years. Tim is no stranger to the rich and famous. He previously worked in the film industry and has served meals for an array of Hollywood stars including Sylvester Stallone, Leonardo Di Caprio, Wesley Snipes, Pierce Brosnan, Richard Dreyfuss, Sigourney Weaver and many more.

[Source: Essex Chronicle & Jon Eagle's blog ( June 2012)]

Football Club win Double

Congratulations to Great Baddow 1st team for completing the league and cup double. They were crowned Mid-Essex Premier League Champions this weekend having already won the cup this season. More details will follow shortly.

[Source: adapted from Community Center blog (20th May 2012)]

Jubilee Celebrations begin

The Great Baddow Community Centre held a fantastic afternoon of entertainment on 16th May in celebration of the forthcoming Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Singer Saul Watts performed a variety of songs from swing, Rock 'n' Roll, theatre songs and ended with a cockney sing-a-long to guests who packed the members bar. For photos please visit Baddow Club's facebook page at

[Source: Jon Eagle's blog ( May 2012)]

Football Club win Cup

Great Baddow F.C. won the Mid Essex Premier Division Cup on Good Friday beating United Chelmsford Churches 5 - 3 (after extra time) in the final held at Maldon Town F.C.

A large crowd of over 300 watched the Great Baddow team's victory - with the match evenly balanced at 2 - 2 after 90 minutes before going into extra time. The Baddow side had to pull back from being a goal down on three separate occasions before finally emarging as deserved 5 - 3 winners in a highly entertaining game.

[Source: adapted from Jon Eagle's blog & Essex Chronicle (12th April 2012)]

Father Hen Theatre at Parish Hall

Arts Council Funding enables the Father Hen Theatre Group to bring their production of Shakespeare's The Tempest to the Great Baddow Parish Hall on Saturday 21st April.

The production features 4 actors, who shape shift through all the roles as they get to grips with a complex and moving play. Combining tragedy and comedy the actors use the standard text but react spontaneously to events during the play, making the performances all different, fresh and exciting.

Audience comments from previous performances include " ...brilliant - slick emotive and funny", "loved the multi-role", "haven't enjoyed Shakespeare so much in ages", "great evening", "particularly impressed with the set".

Tickets are priced at 11.00 (concessions 7.50). Bookings at or phone 07812 446429

[Source: Father Hen Theatre Group (12th April 2012)]

Baddow Teacher to Carry Olympic Flame

Great Baddow High School Deputy Head Teacher Andy Green has been selected to be an Olympic Torchbearer for Essex this summer.

Andy, a lifelong sports fan, was nominated for the honour by his fellow teachers and is now looking forward to the event. He has been a teacher for 39 years, beginning his career as a PE teacher at the Great Baddow School in 1973.

He said: "I am very fortunate and very lucky to have been given this honour.Unbeknown to me I was nominated and accepted, and it was announced in front of everyone at an assembly at school. I am very excited about the Olympics coming up, it is a big deal for me.You do end up thinking, 'what have I done? I do not deserve this incredible privilege'."

Andy has decided to donate the Olympic Torch he carries to Great Baddow High School after the ceremony on July 6.

[Source: Jon Eagle's blog (April 2012)]

Fatima Whitbread to start Great Baddow Charity Races 2012

Fatima Whitbread, the former Olympic and world champion javelin thrower has agreed to start this year's Great Baddow Fun Run. Fatima is also well known for recently appearing in the popular 'I'm A Celebrity' TV show.

The Great Baddow Charity Races, organised by the Rotary Club of Chelmsford Mildmay and sponsored by Edmund Carr, Chartered Accountants, is now in its 28th year and consists of two events - a two mile fun run around the village and a ten mile road race for more serious competitors (chosen as the official Essex AAA ten mile championship for 2012). Both events start and finish in Great Baddow Recreation Ground.

Organisers are hoping that they can persuade Fatima to put on her running shoes and take part in one of the runs. The event takes place on Sunday, May 20th.

Further details from the official race website.

[Source: adapted from Jon Eagle's blog & Essex Chronicle (2nd March 2012)]

Good News for New Scout Group

1st Great Baddow Scout Group have been delighted to learn recently that their application for Lottery funding has been successful. Scout Leader Paul Bedwell applied for the funding only a month before setting up the new group in November 2011.

The group were awarded almost 10,000 under the "BIG Awards for All" programme for social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities. The money will be used to help provide camping and outdoor equipment including tents.

So even if you haven't won a personal fortune when buying your lottery tickets in Martins, at least you've help make some local youngsters very happy.

[Source: adapted from Essex Chronicle (19th Jan 2012)]

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