Ron and Wendy Green  Pond House  Mersea Island


WENDY’S DIARY Updated 14th March 2013





Maps and





at Mersea



Old Local Scenes (Jan 2008 slides)


To Stay





MIHS Summer

Show 2008

High Tides

Mersea Island

‘Old Mersea’ Transport






Match 2006


Diary Pictures

Pictures from 2009







Ham Green’s



Flowers 2006

E M Church

Flowers 2008



More from

New Zealand




Pictures FebtoAug08

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Mersea Topics


Mersea Topics


Our Kitchen

Refurb 2008

Our Boudicca

Cruise 2006



Pictures 2008

Photo Gallery

Mersea Islanders
Ron and Wendy Greens
web site

Mermaid of Mersea launch May 2012

‘Mermaid’ moored near

Dabchicks Sailing Club

17th October 2012

Mersea Topics  2006-7

To January 07 - have your say

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.

please email if you would like to contribute.

Flower Beds Saved

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 local support

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 display alongside

Fruit, Flower arrangements and Cakes and Preserves

Trophy winners were

Ernest Woods Challenge Cup most 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 Cup best exhibit Dahlia classes - Mrs Mary Camp

Burgess Challenge Cup best 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.

Packing Shed

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, West Mersea.

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


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