Baddow Blog

Barclays in the Vineyards lease available

Barclays in the Vineyards

Great Baddow’s Barclays Bank will close its doors on Friday for the last time. Currently there is no new occupier for the property and it is being advertised. The property has a rent of £40,845 per year. Additional details: Address: 7 The Vineyards, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7QP Retail/Office Premises Plus Basement Ground floor: 1,930 sq ft…

Major fire at Harberd Tye

Harberd Tye fire

On Friday night there was a major fire in a block of flats on Harberd Tye in Great Baddow. Harberd Tye is just to the west of Beehive Lane. It is thought that the fire started in the roof space and top floor of a three-story block. It took fire crews from Chelmsford and Great Baddow 90 minutes to…

Denise Whiffin, founder of J’s Hospice, wins Point of Light Award

Denise Whiffin

Great Baddow’s very own Denise Whiffin, who founded The J’s Hospice, has won the Prime Minister’s Point of Light volunteers’ award. Great Baddow’s community is officially part of the Big Society! Denise set up J’s after the death of her son, Jonathan. J’s provides palliative care for 16 to 40 year-olds in Essex and it was the first charity…

European Election Results 2014

The results for the European elections are in. UKIP have won overall and Lib Dems have suffered defeats across the country. Overall UKIP gain 10 MEPs and the Lib Dems lose 8. Here are the results for Chelmsford City Council, which includes Great Baddow East and West. An Independence from Europe – 537 British National Party…

Bringey Cottage, The Bringey – Planning Application

Bringey Cottage block plan

Bringey Cottage on The Bringey, the footpath that runs from New Road past Baddow Hall Infants and Junior schools to Molrams Lane. Today we learned that there has been a planning application to demolish Bringey Cottage and build three new homes on the site. Earlier this year some surveyors were seen on The Bringey viewing…

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.…