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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 lights up for Santa
It's that time of the year again and as in recent years Tyrells Way residents arranged an early visit from Santa to make the Christmas lights switch-on a treat for the children.
The impressive display by local residents was switched on at 5pm yesterday (1st December) with a large crowd present to enjoy the countdown, food and drink and carols played on organ and violin.
If your street has a display to be proud of, please tell us or send in a photo and we'll be happy to include it here
[Source: MC 2nd Dec 2013]
Sophie Ellis-Bextor in Strip Shop
Today's edition of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip on BBC 2 TV also included a trip to Bringey Antiques Centre. Sophie Ellis-Bextor accompanied Philip Serrell to the Strip Shop where they bought a couple of Ercol-style chairs for a fiver. Steve Andrews, boss of the upholstery unit at the Bringey, then put new webbing in them and threw in 2 seat cushions. Sophie and Philip were actually planning to visit A Little Bazaar for the recording but sadly for Paul (a big fan of Sophie) he had to turn down the opportunity because he'd already had to shut down the shop.
We saw quite a bit of our latest TV star Steve but, despite his hard work, the chairs still managed to lose money! The good news is that Tim Wonnacott did pronounce the village name correctly this time. Why not pop in for a chat with our newest local celebrity Steve and tell him that you found him here on inGreatBaddow for a big discount on your re-upholstery.
[Source: MC 27th Nov 2013; image courtesy of BBC]
Village Features in Antiques Road Trip
Today's edition of the Antiques Road Trip on BBC TV included a trip to Bringey Antiques Centre and various other footage shot around the village. Heaven only knows why the experts, Will Axon and Mark Stacey, were shown driving up Deadman's Lane, except as a talking point about the name of the road or that they were simply lost. The BBC editors also managed to slip in a cut of going downstairs at the Antiques Centre - surprising since it's all at ground level.
We saw quite a bit of our local character Ron in the Antiques Centre, although he seemed a lot quieter than when we're in there with him! The lovely little ship's decanter that Mark bought went on to sell for a good profit at Chalkwell Auctions in Southend. Despite Tim Wonnacott's continued mispronunciation of the village name (the stress is on the "Bad" not the "O", Tim!), the village looked at its best for the show. Why not pop in for a chat with our local celebrity Ron and tell him that you found him here on inGreatBaddow for a stonking discount.
[Source: MC 21st Nov 2013]
New Barber's Shop Opens
The Great Baddow Barber's Shop has just started trading in the refurbished location previously occupied by A Little Bazaar in Maldon Road. The shop opened on Wednesday 3rd July and no appointments are necessary.
[Source: MC 3rd July 2013]
Hundreds in Great Baddow Races
The 29th running of the annual Great Baddow races took place on Sunday 19th and saw a large entry of 750 for the competitive 10 mile run and 700 for the 2 mile fun run. Over £12,000 was raised for local charities.
The event was started by Paralympian Danny Crates from Maldon. First place in the ten-mile went to Grant Twist of Chelmsford AC in a time just under 53 minutes; first female was Deborah Appleton. Max Duffy won the fun run.
[Source: Essex Chronicle 23rd May 2013]
Dowsett Wins a Grand Tour Stage
Great Baddow professional cyclist Phil Dowsett surprised himself and most observers by winning a stage of the Grand Tour event - the Giro d'Italia.
His win came in the 55.5km time trial between Gabbice Mare and Saltara, which Phil completed in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 27 seconds. Bradley Wiggins was amongst the other riders who were quick to congratulate Phil on his stunning success. Phil commented "My win is continuing to prove to other young haemophiliacs and their families that they don't have to be held back because of their condition".
[Source: Essex Chronicle 16th May 2013]
Little Bazaar Closing, Closing, Closed
Just in case you haven't already noticed, one of the loveliest shops we've had in the village is closing at the end of May and Paul is currently holding a closing down sale.
Just pop in and see what bargains are now on offer - and he's still offering free coffee. We here at inGreatBaddow are sad to be losing such a nice guy and thank him for being one of our site sponsors since we set the website up. The shop is closing for a mixture of personal and economic reasons.
[Source: MC May/June 2013]
Residents Angry at Garage Demolition Plans
Chelmsford City Council's approval of Plans to allow demolition of 10 garages off Noakes Avenue sparked an angry reaction from local residents who will now have to park on the busy road, which is also a busy bus route.
The garages are to be replaced by five Chelmer Housing Partnership houses.
[Source: Essex Chronicle 9th May 2013]
New Church Opens in Great Baddow
The Christian Growth Centre is now holding regular Sunday services every Sunday at 10.00am in the Millenium Centre (subject to hall availability)
For further details visit their website.
[Source: MC April 2013]
The winner of the 2012 Centenary Award is Dipak Pau, who was presented with his award by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Christopher Kingsley, at the Council's Community Celebration in January 2013.
The award was made in recognition of his outstanding service for many years to the community, through his pharmacy, The Pillbox on Meadgate Parade. As many have discovered, Dipak goes well beyond running a business. His care, compassion and concern for customers make him a very deserving recipient of this award. Dipak is also a trustee and past chairman of J's Hospice.
[Source: GB Times (68th Issue)]