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  1. I am Oscar Huisman from Overloon, the Netherlands.
    Since June 2020 we started a project to collect the portrait pictures and background stories of the 281 buried soldiers at Overloon War Cemetery. Since then we collected 72 pictures so far.
    So I found some information on page, about Maurice Anthony Cook. I a very pleased with that. Is there someone who can help me further? Maybe with a picture or contacts, relatives?
    If you like you can read about our project on our Facebook page: “werkgroep Overloon War Cemetery”.
    Thank you for your interest!

  2. Hi
    I am researching my family history. A marriage certificate seems to state Shatford St Johns Essex but I suspect it is Shalford as I cannot find any reference to Shatford in Essex. The marriage was in 1848 (Burgess and Stiff). Can anybody help? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Wayne
      I have checked the Shalford marriage register and this marriage does not appear in it, however, there is an entry in the Stratford (East End of London) marriage register for St John’s Church from 1858 (not 1848) for a Stephen Stiff and Harriet Burgess. I hope this points you in the right direction

  3. Church End bus shelter… we are well into Autumn with falling leaves etc can I please ask that the bus shelter(s) is/are cleaned a little more frequently until this ‘leaf season’ has finished? Many thanks.

    • Thank you for your concern, Shalford has a contractor who cleans the four open sided bus shelters at Cliffield, Village Hall, Shalford Green and Jaspers Green on a monthly basis. This time of the year leaves are falling daily and passing traffic also also creates rubbish accumulating, cleaning daily or weekly would create extra expense on residents council taxes

  4. Can you let me know how the footpath cutting is progressing please and are MD Landscapes aware that there are a lot of footpaths which are not accessible with a 3ft mower and will need to be done by hand

  5. Those of you who are still bound by the County Broadband ‘Pre-Order Fibre Broadband contract’ that was signed back in December 2018, and would like to have the opportunity to leave CB, perhaps now would be the best time to do so.

    Your ‘Pre-Order contract’ may soon be due to be outside County Broadband’s given installation date/s and so you will not be legally bound by their terms and will have every right to be removed from their contract.

    This has been a long drawn out process and I am very relieved that I have now been able to finally get connected to a fast fibre broadband service by an alternative provider, rather than have to wait another several months on further unfulfilled promises..

    • Hello, I seem to be a bit late to this party!
      I did sign up to County Broadband in January 2019, and have been patiently waiting for them to contact – given the Covid situation I have not been anxious. Today I saw your post on there about being able to cancel and get a better service from another provider – do you know if that is still the case ?

  6. Hello Shalford

    Following a chat with a friend today I remembered an event that took place in Shalford in July 1973 and was attended by the then Miss World Belinda Green (Miss Australia) The event included Banger racing by the Braintree Auto Club .I was just wondering if anybody remembers this ? as I was there I remember there was a brick wall at the bottom of the field

    • Hi Nicholas
      I too was there and we have a photo image of Miss World Belinda Green in the History/Bowler Hatters section of this web site, ours although it is marked as 1972, you are probably correct with the event date, photo is a newspaper cutting provided for our first web site created in 2004. I seem to remember a marching brass band with carnival floats along The Street in Shalford to start the event, must have been the Shalford fete day, two ladies in the sports car were the Carnival Queens. The wall would have been and still is the wall of Shalford Hall, field used is opposite to the entrance of Tanners Builder Yard, it seems only a short time ago. We move to Shalford in 1971 for six months and still here.

      • Hi David
        Thank you for your reply .I`m sorry I’ve only just seen it yes its funny how it seems like only a short time ago when you think about something I know what you mean. I think Miss Australia was crowned Miss World in December 72 so the Shalford event would probably have been 73 like you said . Since writing my message I have come across a couple of other people who were there also and now I have seen the Hatters picture it has all come together so thank you so much for your reply glad you are still enjoying Shalford

  7. Dear Fellow Shalfordians

    County Broadband have placed small wooden sticks with an A4 notice on around the village indicating where they are intending to place telegraph poles to carry new high speed broadband cables. As I understand it, the Parish Council were told that County Broadband would use the existing telegraph poles, and if not possible to use, the wires would be buried. This would prevent the village being littered with new telegraph poles. BT then said they would charge a licence fee to use their poles which County Broadband are not prepared to pay.

    So now we face the village being littered with poles so County Broadband can save money rather than burying the cables or pay BT. We all understand the need for high speed broadband but surely we are entitled to expect that they are installed without spoiling our beautiful village. In other villages, all cables have been buried when the residents have demanded it.

    If you feel as strongly as me, please contact Essex Highways and report this issue. Look to see if a small post is on the verge outside your property or verges down your lane as it may well be replaced with telegraph poles. If we do nothing, the poles will be going up as early in the New Year. Burying the cables is much preferred and perfectly viable.

    Please see the link below to – section Debris – Advertising Signs, map the location, and explain.


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