Archive for May, 2009

Public Footpaths (P3 -Parish Paths Partnerships)

As the keen walkers amongst you will have noticed we have been gradually improving the footpaths around the Parish but we are aware that there is still work to do. We have been concentrating on installing waymarker posts so that there is no doubt of which way to go when out on a walk. Essex County Council have been putting in footbridges over the watercourses and doing some other repair work on steps and stiles. The local farmers are playing their part in restablishing the field paths, in particular on Brook Hall, where we would like to thank Sean Maskell for all his work and co-operation. Our thanks also to David Jackson for putting in the new kissing gates on the Church Path and at Cardinals Farm.

We hope to be putting in more kissing gates on other paths to increase access for those who find climbing stiles difficult. Additionally we are meeting with our P3 rep from ECC next week to talk about some access issues so if you have anything you would like us to raise, please give me, David Busby, a call on 310130.

Lastly, we need some help to maintain the paths, especially now in the growing season. If you can spare some time to be part of a work party, we would be very grateful. Again please contact me so I can draw up a list.

The Playtex London Marathon Moonwalk

chilli-chicksYes we made it! The Playtex London Marathon Moonwalk 16/17th May 2009!!!

We set off from Hyde Park at nearly midnight and walked all around London, passing Buckingham Palace, the Embankment, Sloan Square and seeing the many sights that London gives after 12 on a Saturday night! 18,300 adults in their bra’s, about 90% of them ladies, walked the 26.3 miles for breast cancer all organised by the website which has raised more than £47 million for breast cancer charities. We, the famous five called the Chilli Chicks, averaged about 4mph including a few wee stops and one blister stop but more importantly we managed to raise around £2,500. So thank you to all those who sponsored us. It was very much appreciated! And to those that wished they had, well, I haven’t sent the money off yet.

If anyone fancies doing it next year, I fully recommend it.

Ali Smith
Mill Road, Foxearth

Community Speedwatch

Now that the weather is improving we hope to re-start regular Community Speed Watch sessions. I am sure that we all have noticed that the speed of some drivers through the village has increased so we need to get out there and remind them of the 30mph limit, both for their safety as well as ours. We would welcome some volunteers to help us increase the number of sessions – its not too onerous – you just point the radar gun at the car and clock their speed and you choose the time you go out. We even provide fetching yellow jackets!! Please give me, David Busby, a call on 310130.