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10 May 2010

 

A morning's walk past Rivers Hall in Boxted saw the lake looking attractive, as was the cherry blossom, centre.

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17 May 2010

 

 

 

 

Gridleys, in Chapel Road has had its tarpaulins removed, but seems to have suffered considerable structural damage, including the far chimney breast and the gable near the road, in the process.

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Despite the poor appearance of the property, the loss of the roof and its timbers does allow a peep at the structure - especially the central chimney breast, which is little sort of amazing in its construction!

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20 May 2010

 

 

 

 

This is the second batch of photos, taken in better light, of the precipitate demolition of Gridleys. Apart from the shock of the sight, the rubble does indicate a building that had been patched with poor materials, certainly not in keeping with its perceived 17 Century origins and definitely not maintained to heritage standards. Nevertheless, for those of us who were fond of the old building and the view it promoted, a very sad state of affairs.

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Another addition to the skyline, in this case Grove Hill. The bungalow at Willow Grove has been demolished and replaced by a large barn, seen here from Perry Lane; the old building was pretty much invisible from the road or across the fields.

 

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June 2 2010

 

 

 

 

The debris has been removed from 'Gridleys' and the site fenced off, left. Potholes in High Street show up well in the aftermath yesterday's rain, and now sport orange markings, centre. The play area in the sunshine at the Community Ground, right.

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3 July 2010   Suffolk Strutt Fly-In

 

 

 

The Suffolk Strutt had a Fly-In with markedly better weather than the last one! The order of the day was hazy sunshine and only a modest wind.

 

In response about fifty aircraft came and went .. and their pilots stood in the sun and networked, and fed themselves!

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The Stearman PT-17 was undoubtedly the star appearance of the day. It looked as if it had just come off the production line ... and describing it as 'immaculate' would have been faint praise!

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The L-4 Cub, my personal favourite, came and went and I thought I noticed an additional piece of nose art this time.

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4 July 2010    A morning walk in Holbrook Bay

 

 

Low water at Alton Wharf, with the dinghies beached under a peerless blue sky.

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This walk is serviced by a convenient car park in Lower Holbrook, and takes the walker past the inlet of dinghies and along a low cliff, with views towards the royal Hospital School, the fields behind, and ....

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... the expanse of the Stour Estuary, which is being eroded by wave action and depositing the occasional tree onto the shoreline.

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The drought of spring and early summer has led to rapidly maturing barley fields .. and deep cracks in the footpath!

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10 July 2010   A morning walk at Brantham

 

 

 

 

After parking at Brantham Church, a roadway takes the walker down to the railway line, and then in a circular route via a steep traverse of the railway line next to the factory. The resulting view, of the Stour and Manningtree beyond, is one of salt marsh and the reinforced sea walls.

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The tidal areas beyond the footpath, that follows the sea wall, and the low wetland behind. The route then takes you up to the railway bridge, with a view across farmland, below, before rejoining your car at the church.

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10 August 2010

 

 

The proposed, site for travellers, in Severalls Lane, has long been held up by a legal dispute with a neighbouring property. Colchester Borough council is keen to start work, and it looks like a builder has fenced off the entrance to the site. However, a local famer says she holds a lease on the property and has put up this sign across the fencing.

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11 August 2010

 

 

 

The first week of the build at the community Centre. A toilet was delivered, as was security fencing. A start to the surveying and that was about all there was to see so far!

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The main area for children's play is still accessible, although the pod is now out-of-bounds!

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The road itself is the feature of this photo at Blacksmith's Corner, a veritable mish-mash of filled holes dating back some time!

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The church was the appointed spot for a meeting with our local Parish Partnerships officer, so I took to opportunity to add to the portfolio on the building in the fine morning sunshine.

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Church Farm, left, and the Hurlock Room, right, flank the church looking from the east.

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The Parish Paths Partnership (P3) is a scheme that we have belonged to in Langham for many years. Although we are really lucky in that most of our footpaths are properly cared for, there are a number of places where remedial work needs to take place ... so if there is anyone in the village who is in a position to lend a hand, in any capacity, to help with this work, please get in touch with me. My e-mail is on the front of the website.

 

Here Jason Botelho, P3 Public Rights of Way Officer, is replacing, with only a little help from myself, a way marker at the foot of the path to Church Farm, and on the Essex Way. This footpath is very much a prestige route, heavily walked and a long-distance project for may groups.

 

P3 projects do attract grant assistance, even in the present chilly financial climate, so the aim is to rectify a few of the rougher spots on our footpath network!

 

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