Sunday, September 27, 2020
YESTERDAY'S OUTING IN TIMES OF COVID - AND A RARE CHANCE TO PUBLICISE MY LATEST BOOK - BRENTWOOD IN 50 BUILDINGS
Although we are still deeply in the midst of this nasty pandemic, I did manage to return to Brentwood yesterday, all carefully masked up, of course, to sign copies of my latest book and re-photograph some of the buildings that appear within the above book. It was a lovely chance to meet a few of the people responsible for looking after these wonderful structures. I also managed to call in on Brentwood Library, who have been so kind in letting me loose in their reference sections - so essential to writers. I could have stayed there all day, had it been allowed, but the rule was 'not more than fifteen minutes', so had to cram my search into a short, but useful, time. A great afternoon and a chance also to meet some of my Brentwood readers, socially distanced.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Our Fun Walk – Last chance to participate in this year’s virtual event! With one week left to participate, MP John Baron’s Fun Walk has already raised thousands of pounds for Charity, with help from local businesses.
John Baron said “We are delighted to see so many organisations participating in this year’s virtual event. We know the bonus pot provides a big incentive to Charity supporters to take part and our thanks go to local businesses who again stepped up to contribute to the bonus pot. They are Swan Housing Association, Tunnelcraft, Anisha Grange Care Home, Butyl Products Group, Leonardo MW, IFE Global Logistics, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon and others.”
One of the first charities to complete the walk and collect their sponsorship money is Changing Pathways, raising over £5,000 Natasha, Operations Manager at Changing Pathways said “Funds raised will support victims of domestic violence. We have 46 crisis refuge spaces. It has been an extremely difficult time during Covid but we have been providing a full service and adding extra support due to the demand.”
Other local organisations who have already completed their walks include REACH Hippotherapy, Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society, Basildon Hospital Radio, Basildon Twinning Association, Ladybirds Song Group, Manor Mission Church, Billericay Town Twinning, Takiwātanga Support Services and Billericay Street Pastors. It is not too late for organisations to register and complete their walk, as the event runs until September 30th. Visit www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Our annual (this year virtual) Fun Walk runs for the whole month of September. Here are some of our earliest pictures that I have received so far. How wonderful that we are up to 84 organisations that have registered and an estimated 1,432 participants. Keep your eye on my blog? Will update as we go along.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Not long now to wait! Sunday 13 September is the date and our Fun Walk Trust team wishes lots of luck to the 1,300 people taking part in this wonderful annual Fun Walk, albeit virtually!
Over 80 Charities and good causes approach the start line. As Chair of The Fun Walk Trust and Committee, John Baron MP is wishing all participants well in their fundraising efforts during September. More than 80 plus registered charities and good causes report that over 1,300 participants are ready to walk the 5k to raise money for their favourite charity or local good cause.
Coming at a time when local services are more in demand than ever before, this event will provide organisations with a critical source of funding. John said:
“We wish all participants well with their walks in September and once again thank this year’s sponsors. We are thrilled so many organisations are taking part and anticipate tens of thousands of pounds will be raised through sponsorship and from the generous support of our local sponsors who this year are Swan Housing Association, Tunnelcraft, Anisha Grange Care Home, Butyl Products Group, Leonardo MW, IFE Global Logistics, McDonald’s Restaurants Basildon and others.” Christina Stubbs, Director – Finance and Fundraising for SNAP said: “Currently more than 2,800 families who have a child with any special need or disability benefit from SNAP’s services and support. Any funds raised in 2020 will help to support SNAP’s Counselling service which provides vital emotional support.”
Michael Wade, “Like all schools, the Covid 19 Pandemic has hit the school hard financially. We feel very lucky and are very grateful to Mr Baron for the opportunity to take part” The event will be open through the whole month of September so it’s not too late to register at www.thefunwalktrust.co.uk.
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
In June 1909, two famous Americans arrived in Brentwood. Their faces were familiar, having made front page headlines in world press. They were Wilbur and Orville Wright. Six years earlier they had made history by becoming the world’s first aviators. They were in London that summer, promoting their great achievement and no doubt paid a visit to Mary Green Manor in Brook Street, where their ancestors, the Wright family had lived centuries earlier.
|Flying entrepreneur Edward Hillman c.1931 at Maylands|