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Gold Grade Status for Baddow Ten Mile Run

The Great Baddow Charity Races

The Great Baddow ten mile run, which takes place again next Sunday on 18th May, has been awarded “Gold Grade Status” by the British Association of Road Races (BARR). The BARR have been very impressed by the excellent organisation of the annual run. A Gold award is given for “Outstanding Management” and is described as being…

Sarah Beeny visits Isaac Square

Sarah Beeny on Isaac Square in Great Baddow

Sitting in my office this afternoon I heard a little commotion outside and was surprised to see a film crew. I asked if anything interesting was happening and they said it was for a property show which is looking at house extensions. Then I spotted Sarah Beeny reviewing her script! It took a few takes…

The Kings Head brings Thai and Jazz to Baddow

If you have passed The Kings Head recently you should have noticed a new sign out the front advertising a new Thai and English food menu. This is the first time that Thai food has been available in the village; Thai food and pubs is always a great combination. They are offering both eat-in and…

Ofsted rate Meadgate Primary School as Good

Meadgate Primary School - Rated Good by Ofsted

Great news for Meadgate Primary School, Ofsted has given it a rating of Good. Only a year ago it was placed in Special Measures. Read the report here (pdf, opens in new window). Meadgate has been praised for its good teaching standards and very positive improvements in the leadership team who have led by example and…

For The Love Of Ale – White Horse Beer Festival

A pint of Sign of Spring from the Stonehenge brewery

Last night I went to the White Horse for the Wednesday night quiz and saw a new beer on the pumps. It was Sign Of Spring from the Stonehenge brewery in Wiltshire. I had a shock when it was served – it was green. I had a pint of green beer! Fortunately it tasted good.…

Barclays in the Vineyards is Closing

Barclays Bank in the Vineyards

I have just received a letter from Barclays Bank, who I have been banking with since 1990, that they are closing the Great Baddow branch in the Vineyards. The branch will close on Friday 20th June 2014. In the letter they say that they do not undertake closures lightly and that they are sorry if…

Baddow Charity J’s Hospice reveals the Chelmsford Marathon route

A possible Chelmsford marathon route. N.B. Not the official route. Awaiting confirmation of the exact route.

The first Chelmsford Marathon will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014. The 26.2mile route map created by organisers at Great Baddow-based J’s Hospice was unveiled at a launch party in Chelmsford today. This event will raise much-needed funds for The J’s Hospice as well as creating a lasting legacy for the City of Chelmsford of a successful…

Baddow House – Maryborough, Queensland

Baddow House, Queensland

This came up on the radar earlier this week: “Visit Baddow House in April to celebrate heritage week“. Baddow House in Maryborough is described as an historic neo-Georgian mansion. It is one of the largest homes in Maryborough. Baddow is a rare name; as far as I can tell there is no Baddow in America, although there is…

Ode to a Changing Village

The village green and St. Marys Church in 1916

I came across this poem on an archived copy of the Baddow Life magazine from Autumn 2004. It is a poem by Dilys Edwards.  I cannot find any other mention of the poem online, and very little about Dilys Edwards, other than she is a Friend of The Marconi Veterans Association. It is a lovely poem that reveals…

Free Cash! New cash point at the Vineyards

New cash point at Martins / The Post Office in the Vineyards

Martins / The Post Office at The Vineyards has a cash point that provides Free Cash withdrawals. Does Great Baddow really need a third cash point? It may be handy, especially when the others run out of cash over busy weekends. Did the cash point replace the window adverts? Need to check that later.