Colchester Middlewick Ranges new homes plan: a local persons view

As news emerged that the MoD had decided to sell of land at Middlewick Ranges to make way for 2000 new homes with their Colchester Middlewick Ranges new homes plan, it’s fair to say that local people quickly voiced their concerns over the plans, and understandably so. Middlewick Ranges has, for decades, been a large […]


Justgiving page set up for David Green’s family raises over £14,000

No amount of money will ever make up for the loss of David Green to his family and friends, but when Samantha Eason set up a Just Giving page to help raise money towards funeral costs for David, she could never have expected that the page would raise over £14,000 in donations. And that restores […]

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An evening bat hunting at Colchester Crematorium and Bourne Pond

Last night we went along to Colchester Crematorium for a couple of hours bat hunting with a Colchester Borough Council Park Warden. A group of around 30 of us were given some information regarding different bat species in the UK, and in particular in the local area. I thought it would be something the kids […]


Cherrytree and Abberton, Colchester, need better mobile phone coverage

Ever since I moved to Cherrytree in Colchester, I’ve suffered terrible mobile phone coverage. The problem becomes worse in the Spring when the trees from the nearby woods begin to blossom and come into leaf where I go from weak mobile phone reception to virtually zero. Poor signal is a problem throughout the Cherrytree estate […]

Colchester Conservatives manifestos is weak

Colchester Conservatives 2016 manifesto is weak

I have just received a copy of the Colchester Conservatives manifesto. The first paragraph accuses Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Independents of allowing too much house building and not planning for infrastructure. The irony of this is that it is the Conservative majority run Essex County Council which is constantly pushing for more house building […]


Things you (probably) didn’t know about Colchester

Blur hail from Colchester Some members of the rock band Blur hail from Colchester. Band members including Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree lived and were raised in Colchester. Graham Coxon would later move to the town and meet Albarn at secondary school; and Blur would be born.   Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher worked in Colchester […]

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Severalls Hospital: the evil inside Severalls Asylum

When I wrote the original Wikipedia article of Severalls Hospital I was left asking lots of questions. I wanted more details on the sorts of experiences people had there and the types of experiments which were performed on people over the many years that it was used as a ‘lunatic’ asylum (I use the word […]