Baddow Blog

2013 Centenary Award Winner

Barbara Locker receiving her Centenary Award from Mayor Cllr Trevor Miller

The 2013 Centenary Award has been awarded by the Parish Council to Barbara Locker. The Parish Council chose Barbara Locker in recognition of her work, over eight years, for the URC Lunch Club. Barbara and her team of volunteers, has been organising the community care lunches for 36 elderly local residents in the United Reformed Church once…

Great Baddow drug smugglers caught with £15m of heroin and cocaine

Fishing bags in transit van

A father and son have been jailed for 20 years after £20 million of drugs were found at a Great Baddow firm coach service which they used to smuggle drugs from France to Manchester. Paul Harwood, 61, and Steven Harwood, 36, said that they were taking fishing trips but were in fact bringing drugs to the…

Is Bodysense coming to the Bank Chambers?

The old bank in Great Baddow

The old bank in Great Baddow is finally being refurbished. In the last few days workmen have been inside the building. Update: a sign appeared today (13th March 2014) and it is in fact a new shop, Junior Trading Post. The Bank Chambers at 26 High Street, Great Baddow, was once home to Hull &…

Blue Lion Pub For Sale – SOLD!

Blue Lion for sale

Update: The Blue Lion came under new management on 15th May 2015. Archived entry: The Blue Lion is on the market. The Blue Lion is one of Great Baddow’s three central pubs, The King’s Head and The White Horse being the others. It has two bars: a public bar with pool table, darts board and…

Allotments under the Radar

Allotments under the radar

Vicarage Lane allotments Great Baddow’s allotments are located on Vicarage Lane next door to the Cemetery. Just head in the direction of the Radar Tower which towers over them. I wandered over there on a fresh winter afternoon to see people toiling away, preparing the ground for this year’s harvest. Because I took so many photos of…

New Sign for Great Baddow

Great Baddow has a new village sign. It replaces the old sign and is in the same place, on the tiny “green” opposite St. Mary’s Church and the White Horse. The sign was designed and made by local metal-work craftsman Dan Rawlings. The sign features Baddow Tower, green trees and the Essex shield. It is a…

People of Baddow, Take Up Your Snow Shovels And Dig!

Today my child’s school was closed so rather than work I spent the morning enjoying some sledging and buidlding snow men in the park. However, on the way home it was apparent that the path back up to my house was not covered in compacted snow and in previous years this has become very icy…

Great Baddow’s A Little Bazaar Greets Only Fools’ Boycie

On 12th November 2012 a small antiques and collectibles shop in Great Baddow appeared on national television. A Little Bazaar, which is on the parade of shops on Maldon Road in Great Baddow, just outside Chelmsford, was explored on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with John “Boycie” Challis and Philip Serrell. John Challis is best known as Boycie from…

Baddow High School Signing Choir feature at the Proms

Great Baddow High School choir and Childrens Choirs from London Boroughs

Students from Great Baddow High School will be performing The Angry Planet at this year’s Proms. The students, who are aged between 11 and 18 years and include both death and hearing children.This i the first time that a signing choir has appeared at the Proms. They will be performing alongside Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, Artistic Director…

Marrable House, the ugliest building in Essex, to be rebuilt

Marrable House

Good news for the residents of Great Baddow, Essex. The building that was once voted the ugliest in the country, is to be demolished and replaced with a new stylish building to create new homes for the elderly and frail. The building, called Marrable House, has been standing empty and derelict for many years. It…