Mersea Topics a column in the 1970s in a local newspaper informed on local events
forthcoming and past. It discussed issues of local interest. This page is intended
as a sort of revival of this column and invites contributions on what is happening
on the Island and what residents think about this.
Earlier this year Colchester Borough Council planned to save money by grassing over
the flower beds on the Putting Green on Victoria Esplanade The good news was that
West Mersea Town Council agreed to maintain them and they planted up with Geraniums.
Next year, hopefully, they will look even better after offers were received for further
MIHS Autumn Show 16th September 2006
Although the number of visitors was disappointing Judge Roger Claydon was impressed
with the high standard of Vegetable and Flower exhibits which contributed to a colourful
Fruit, Flower arrangements and Cakes and Preserves
Trophy winners were
Ernest Woods Challenge Cupmost points in Show -Mrs Marie Humphreys
Usher Challenge Cup most points Vegetable classes Miss S Sawkins
Foord Challenge Cup most point Dahlia classes - Mrs Wendy Green
H Ponder Challenge Cupbest exhibit Dahlia classes - Mrs Mary Camp
Burgess Challenge Cupbest exhibit Chrysanthemums - Miss S Sawkins
Lapwood Challenge Cup best exhibit Gladioli - Miss Shirley Sawkins
Society Challenge Cup most points Flower classes -
Mrs M Humphreys & Mrs W Green tied
Good to hear from you
We are getting more letters from far and wide asking for Ron’s help with family history
and, where he can help he will reply as soon as possible
Our first message was from John Swallow who many will remember fondly as the Vicar
at the Parish Church. He has suggested we might include more of the history of
the churches, in particular St Peter and St Paul at West Mersea and St Edmund King
and Martyr at East Mersea and was specially interested in mention of Digby’s Shop.
We will endeavour include this along with more old pictures from Ron’s collection.
I have added pictures of East and West Mersea churches and the Wesleyan Chapel
(Methodist Church). As my grandmother was organist at the the Union Church (Now Free
Church) I hope to add that when I find a picture. Also I understand the Parish Church
is in the process of producing their own web site so hopefully it will be possible
to link to that soon for more information
Colchester Council’s Planning committee have agreed to the demolition of former Griffon
Garage buildings to be demolished and granted permission for single storey building
for a convenience store and 20 parking spaces. A number of restrictions were put
on to protect local residents.
Mersea School Reunion
On the very hot Sunday 30th July, Sally Parkinson and some friends organised a school
reunion for of pupils of Mersea School in the 1950s. Ron was invited along as a
local historian and , of course, former Mersea
schoolboy (rather earlier than the 1950s) and was probably the oldest person there.
The event was well attended and the date was chosen mainly because Kathleen Chittenden
(formerly Kay Quigley younger sister of Joy and Jane) was home from California,
where she now lives , to attend her daughter’s wedding in Boxford.
There are a number of people who Ron meets around the Island to just say ‘hello’
(or maybe ‘Yo’) but rarely to have a proper chat. On this occasion he was pleased
to have a yarn with Norman Priestley and was interested to learn they had both been
born in the same pair of Council houses in Barfield Road, Norman in number 5 and
Ron and his brother John in number 6. This pair of houses have long since been demolished.
As so often happens on such occasions, there were several others he would have liked
to have spent more time with, but, as Sally is hoping to organise a similar get together
next year he may get another opportunity then.
Congratulations Eric on organising a splendid carnival celebrating the Queen’s 80th
Party and well done all those
Grass Snake - latest
Since we spotted the grass snake in the front garden in July, there have been several
reported sightings in the neighbourhood. Sadly the last report was of a dead snake
found nearby with puncture wounds. Quite how it died or if indeed there has been
just the one we don’t know
Doug Powell awarded OBE
Doug Powell received and OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list, for services to
young people. His lifetime of youth work began when he was 15 years old, by organising
events in the Scottish Town where he lived, because it had no cinema. At one stage,
he collected a petition of 7000 signatures to persuade the local council to allow
use of a hall for weekly youth club. After 30 years at East Mersea Youth Camp (now
‘Mersea Outdoors’) it has grown from a temporary camp to a thriving activities centre.
A potted history of the Packing Shed , written by Bill Norman of the Packing Shed
Trust, can be found in the latest Mersea Island Courier. The shed was restored in
the early 1990s, leased from the Tollesbury and Mersea Oyster company, together with
the whole of the island. Doug Powell was much involved in the restoration. A fund
has been set up to raise money to deposit material to stabilise the Island which
is washing away.
‘Donate £10 per tonne’
Is the slogan and donations are being collected at Marfleet Lettings, 49 High Street,
A major fund raising event is being held at Portofino restaurant on 17th March which
it is hoped will raise thousands of pounds
Packing Shed circa Water
colour Packing Shed RAG 2006