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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.

Blue Lion has best pub darts team in the Country

The local Blue Lion team has recently managed to beat around 1100 pub darts team in the Punch Taverns Classic tournament. The final was held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on October 18th.

In addition to winning the £2500 top prize, they also won the chance to play with the game's top pros at the 2015 Professional Darts Corporation Matchplay event in Blackpool next August.

Robbie Turner captained the team which also included Darren Peetoom, Tim Martin, Alfie Smith, Barry Lynn and Paul Barham. So the message is clear, don't casually pop into the Lion and throw down a darts money challenge - it's liable to cost you!

[Source: Essex Chronicle - November 6th 2014]

Special Planning Meeting to consider Marrable House

To be or Not to be? This special planning meeting will be held at the Parish Hall on Wednesday 3rd September starting at 7.30.

Under consideration is the demolition of Marrable House and its replacement with 57 residential flats, car parking changes and garden landscaping.

Plans can be viewed on-line at with references 14/01232/FUL and 14/01315/E1ASO.

[Source: MC - August 27th 2014]

Commonwealth Cycling Gold for Alex

Alex Dowsett, Great Baddow cyclist with 2014 Commonwealth Gold medalIn a closely-contested men's Time Trial race at the Commonwealth Games, Alex Dowsett of Great Baddow produced a storming finish to claim the title in a time of 47 minutes 41.78 seconds, just nine seconds ahead of Australian Rohan Dennis in silver position. Geraint Thomas of Wales finished third over the 38.4km course to claim the bronze.

Alex said the disappointment of not being selected by the Movistar team for the Tour de France drove him on to claim a brilliant victory in the individual time trial, commenting afterwards "The Commonwealth Games was always a big target for me anyway, but it became a huge target because I really wanted to do something big after the disappointment of the Tour de France".

Well done Alex. We're really proud of you!

[Source: MC - July 31st 2014]

Cancellation of Health at Every Size Exercise Classes in Village in July

Due to the success of her courses that started in June, Roly Peck was planning 2 further classes on 1st July in the Parish Hall at 6.30pm and 8pm.

Please note that these classes will no longer be running as Roly will be undergoing an unscheduled minor operation.

[Source: RP - June 17th 2014]

New Over 50's & Health at Every Size Exercise Classes Starting in Village in June

Starting on Thursday June 12th at the Parish Hall at 2pm, Roly Peck will be running an exciting new course called In Fine Fettle. It has been designed specifically for the over 50's and incorporates a gentle seated exercise programme, suitable for almost anyone whatever their current fitness levels. Although the exercises are easy to do they are very beneficial when done regularly, building strength, stability and flexibility in a really fun way.

Roly will also bring along healthy foods for you to try and discuss each week, and each group will be encouraged to build up their own recipe collection. Groups will also undertake activities to stimulate the brain, including quizzes, puzzles and games. Most importantly will be having fun, and you will find a great place to make friends.

A course of 8 sessions costs just £30, and will be limited to a maximum of 15 people. An Early Bird discount rate of £20 is available to anyone booking and paying before 20th May. So please call Roly and book your place on 07834 412437. She is looking forward to meeting you very soon.

Starting on the same date, June 12th, at the same venue but at 3.30pm, Roly is additionally running a course entitled 'Just The Way You Are - Health is for Everyone!'. 8 weekly sessions designed to build self esteem, self confidence, explore and develop a healthy body image, and learn about the concepts of the Health at Every Size movement.

Learn to love yourself as you are, whether you currently believe you are not good enough for any reason, or just want to get healthier and meet new friends who will accept you just the way you are now. Sessions comprise of a mixture of fun physical activities, CBT and NLP techniques, healthy eating information and much more. The Course of 8 weeks costs £50, with an Early Bird discount of £40 for those booking and paying before 20th May.

[Source: RP - May 13th 2014]

Looking after England World Cup Squad

Tim De'ath, Great Baddow chef, with Danny Welbeck and Glenn JohnsonOnce again, Tim De'ath will be supervising the dietary needs of the England World Cup squad in Brazil this summer, having already looked after them in South Africa 2010 and two Euro championship finals. Tim has already been out to Brazil twice in preparation for the summer ahead.

He has also recently opened a new bar and restaurant, 59 New Street, in the underground cells of Chelmsford's former Police Station. West Ham footballers Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, and Joe Cole are among the investors in the venture and often bring their friends and families to the restaurant on Sundays.

[Source: Essex Chronicle - April 24th 2014]

Baddow Cyclist in Winning Form

Alex Dowsett, Great Baddow cyclistGreat Baddow's professional cyclist Alex Dowsett set a new course record for the 6.8k time trial stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe in the Pays de la Loire region of France. Other competitors included Bernard Hinault and Greg LeMond, both former Tour de France winners.

Dowsett is a member of the Spanish Movistar team and his main target for the year is his debut ride in the Tour de France itself.

[Source: Essex Chronicle - April 17th 2014]

Thai Cuisine at King's Head

The King's Head in Maldon Road will be offering both Thai and English cuisine from next weekend, following the appointment of a new catering operator

They will also be offering a takeaway service.

[Source: FJ - April 9th 2014]

Modern Choir starting at Millenium Centre

From May 1st 2014, you are invited to come out and build up a new exciting modern choir, The Sound Collective Chorus.

There couldn't be a better time to start singing than at the free launch night on Thursday May 1st 8.15-9.45pm in the Great Baddow Millennium Centre. Everyone is welcome and with this fresh start it's a great time to get on board and be all new together week one!

With hugely popular groups already in Maldon, Danbury and Burnham there is much excitement about this highly renowned choir coming to a new venue. You don't need to have any previous experience of singing and there are no auditions or sheet music. The choir consists of Men and Women of all ages singing modern songs taught in a fresh modern way and existing members reference "the buzz" and the "opportunities" of being part of this truly personal, professional, inclusive, fun, fresh and humorous choir.

Exciting events aside, the choir is shaped slowly week by week at fun rehearsals and it's not only singing that is important to those who take part. The friendships formed, the achievements made and confidence gained are as much part, if not more. Thursday: GREAT BADDOW (Free Launch Night on May 1st) PLUS Mondays in BURNHAM, Tuesdays in MALDON, Wednesdays in DANBURY (£6.50 per week and you can go on all 4 nights for that!)

[Source: MC April 2014 ]

Entry open for Charity Races

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Great Baddow Charity Races on Sunday May 15th.

This will be the 30th time the event has been organised. Last year there were over 1400 entrants and a sum of over £12,000 was raised for the nominated charities. As usual there will be a two-mile fun event and a ten-mile event for serious runners. The event will again be organised by the Mildmay Rotary Club and sponsored by Edmund Carr, chartered accountants.

To enter visit

[Source: Essex Chronicle March 20th 2014]

Centenary Award Winner for 2013

Barbara Locker, Centenary Award Winner 2013The 2013 Centenary Award has gone to Barbara Locker.

Barbara, with her very able team, has been organising the community care lunches for 36 elderly local residents in the United Reform Church every week for eight years. Her work involves organising the volunteers, menus, transport and cooking the meals.

Barbara's award was presented at the Community Celebration by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr. Trevor Miller, where Barbara paid tribute to her many helpers without whom the meals would not be possible.

[Source: GB Times Spring 2014 Edition]

Baddow Hospital to Expand

Baddow Hospital is nearly approaching its 1st anniversary, and is establishing itself as an exclusive primary care provider of the highest calibre. It is the newest hospital to be built in Essex and is situated on the site of the former BAE Research Centre [and before that Marconi Radar] on West Hanningfield Road. It undertakes a high volume of cosmetic, urological and gynaecological prodedures, and the hospital is now moving into providing substantial gastro-intestinal and orthopaedic services.

It is expected that well over 150 jobs will be created to help replace the 600 laid off by BAE during the economic downturn.

Completely independent, Baddow Hospital is the 1st phase of a nationally unique 'Healthcare Park' development, which will ultimately feature four buildings. This 1st phase is a 12,000 sq.foot hospital featuring; state-of-the-art pathology services, 5 consulting rooms, minor ops room, the latest fully integrated Olympus integrated ooerating theatre, endoscopy services, 8 bay second recovery bays, 2 bedrooms, RMO's bedroom, diagnostic wing including the very latest Samsung ultrasound scanner, landscaped grounds, private GP service as of March 2014 & 122 car parking spaces.

The second building will house oncology services, the third building IVF services, and the fourth building a larger scale 4 theatre, 16 bedroom hospital.

For the last 6 months the hospital has hosted the Essex breast service mobile scanning trailer and they are keen to explore other ways in which they can build on their relationship with the local CCGs and primary care providers.

More details can be found at

[Source: MC Feb 2014]

Blue Lion Pub For Sale

The lease for the Blue Lion pub in Tabors Hill, Great Baddow is up for sale. The pub is owned by Punch Taverns and has been run by current landlords Dave and Ann Heelis for 8 years.

The Punch Taverns website states that the new tenants will be required to pay 'ingoings' of £76,550. On top of that the rent is £35,506 per annum.

Rumour has it that the Blue Lion will be transformed into another Indian restaurant - the 3rd for the village.

[Source: Jon Eagles Feb 2014]

New Theatre School to open in April

Nina Jones has contacted us to say that she is opening a new Theatre School, Academy Arts, in Great Baddow in April 2014. This will be Nina's 2nd School - the first being in Epping - and she has chosen Great Baddow because that's where their family would like to move to in the future. Nina has worked extensively in the West End.

The School will be held in Meadgate Church, entrance in the Meadgate parade of shops, and will commence on April 14th and then every Thursday from 5pm - 8pm. The School caters for ages 7 - 21 and features drama, singing and dance in its curriculum. More details can be found at

[Source: DH Feb 2014]

Showcase Night at King's Head

The King's Head in Maldon Road is holding a Showcase Night for local bands and singers on 28th January 2014. For further details contact the manager Fay Jackson.

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