Bogus Callers

There have recently been a couple of incidents in different areas of Essex where Bogus Callers have made out they were from the local council and had come to investigate and remove rats nests in the loft. These bogus callers have then proceeded to take a deposit of cash (or in at least one case with a card reader) and said they would return to remove the nest and then disappeared. If you do get a visitor along these lines, they are likely to be fraudulent. Please ring your local council direct to confirm that any caller is bonafide. Fraudsters can produce fake ID badges.

If an unknown trader knocks on your door at any time , don’t open it unless you use a door chain . Preferably, open a small window either upstairs or downstairs and speak through the window. To verify someone’s identity please ring the organisation they claim to be from. Use a number from a bill or telephone directory that you have looked up yourself – never use a telephone number provided by the caller. A bona fide caller will wait outside whilst you verify their validity – a bogus caller is also likely to disappear as soon as they know you are telephoning to check identity.

Please do not let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them. REMEMBER – Your door – Your House – Your choice. Not sure? Don’t Open the Door
Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker on your front door. These are available from Trading Standards free of charge. Call them on 03454 040506.

If you do need work undertaken on your property, Trading Standards operate a ‘Buy With Confidence’ scheme, which enables residents to identify approved local traders who have readily demonstrated a commitment to high working standards, high levels of customer care and a fair trading policy.

The ’Buy with Confidence’ scheme is available via the internet or by telephone 03454 040506.

Village Resident Honoured with a ‘Pride of Tendring Award’


This is the Award Certificate presented to Mr James McColl-Smith recognising his significant contribution, to running a disabled Club, specifically to cater for a section of his local residents, for which no other facilities exist.
The certificate was presented to James by the Chief Executive of Tendring District Council, Mr Ian Davidson.

James applauds the stage entertainment

James and wife Margaret who works with him.

James receives his Award Certificate from Tendring
District Council Chief Officer, Mr Ian Davidson.

James leaving the platform after the presentation.
You will note that he himself uses a walking stick

Your District Council Members have the opportunity to recommend to Tendring’s Chairman, a person working in their ward, whose effort is directed at service to others. This year the nomination was for Mr James McColl-Smith, (better known to many in the ward as ‘Jimbo’) On Friday3rd February at 6.50 p.m. Councillor John White arrived at Jimbo’s home in Spring Road St Osyth, to pick him and wife Margaret up to deliver them to the Tendring District Council Chairman’s parlour, for a pre evening gathering of fellow award candidates.
James was called up on to the stage to have his award presented by Mr Ian Davidson the Chief Executive of Tendring D.C. and by Mr Andrew Greenleaf Head of the Gunfleet Sands Operations.

A citation was read out to the assembled guests in the Princess Theatre which said:
“He founded and has since run a Disabled Persons’ Club for residents in Point Clear and St Osyth village and near neighbours. He is helped by his wife Margaret. The club meets in the Village Hall every two weeks.
When asked by me if he would accept an Award he said only if it was clear that the award was on behalf of his disabled members and helpers.
James has said that the Clubs purpose was to help the lonely and vulnerable in the local community and just beyond. His personal belief is that loneliness itself is a killer and is largely responsible for much mental illness and whilst people say “Someone should do something about it”, his club tries to fill the void. It is a hard job he says, getting people to leave their homes and come to a meeting, or perhaps when funds permit an organised outing, but once they start coming they enjoy themselves and some will tell you that the last conversation they had was at the last club meeting!”

Jimbo was a regular army serviceman who on retirement from the armed forces, eventually joined the Civil Service working out of Somerset House and then over the years, in most government departments in Whitehall. James has wide experience of ‘how organisations work’ and was even persuaded once to offer himself for selection as the Parliamentary Candidate for Shoreditch.
I first met Jimbo in 2003, when he had organised fellow residents in Spring Road where he lives, to press for Speed Tables to be put in the road to slow traffic, a road that is used by hundreds of cars for access to St Osyth Beach and to the four Caravan Sites and a Holiday Chalet site during the summer months. The County Council eventually put these traffic calming measures in place. Even on this first meeting James was working for his community!

Your District Councillors thank ‘James McColl-Smith’ for his helping hand, held out to others who he sees as much less fortunate than their fellow residents!

Jimbo, wife Margaret and Councillor Michael Talbot

St Osyth Councillor John White, Award sponsor

Daniel Casey and his wife from Jaywick. Dan was with us
at our table and was an Award Winner himself

Jayne Chapman from Brightlingsea is this year’s Tendring
Chairman. She congratulated all Award Winners

Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, is the representative of Her Majesty the Queen in Essex.
He was an honoured guest at the Awards evening and after the formal ceremony was over, James met with him for a short chat, during which Lord Petre congratulated James on his award and the work he does in St Osyth.

The above Web Page is a report of the event, but how many people know how the ‘Pride of Tendring Award’ scheme became an annual feature in Tendring’s Calendar?
In 2011 Councillor Alan Goggin was the Tendring District Council Chairman. He wrote to Group Leaders inviting them to appoint one of their members to a small working party, to find a way to recognise the enormous contribution that our various local organisations put in to their own community, these residents were he said were our unsung heroes! I was one of those joining him
Alan Goggin, now our County Councillor, made enquiries around the Country to see what other Authorities did and came back with his ideas of what was right for Tendring.
His ideas were supported by the administration but he was told there was no money available to fund such an event.
Undeterred Alan approached ‘Dong Energy’ and persuaded them to virtually fund an event, not only to kick start it, but also to promise funds for the next year.
Who says one Councillor cannot make a significant change to his or her Local Authority?


St Osyth Remembers ‘THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME’

St Osyth Remembers ‘THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME’ One Hundred Years Ago This Day

Residents gather at the Village War Memorial before the service

Today the Royal British Legion and local residents gather at the village war memorial to remember the Battle of the Somme, that began one hundred year ago today the 1st July 1916. The ‘Somme Offensive’ as it was known in military circles, lasted until the 18th November 1916 and was the most costly in terms of British and Empire troop losses through those killed and injured , with British Army alone bearing the greatest losses ever suffered, with 57,470 casualties.
It was during this battle that tanks were first used on the battlefield and for the first time the aeroplane played a very important part in both attack and reconnaissance roles. The phrase “Lions led by donkeys” was an expression of disgust at the loss of life where troops (the lions) were sent into battle by the generals (the donkeys) who were thought not to understand on the ground the disastrous results of their orders.

Chairs had been brought to the memorial for the elderly to use

Some of those present standing round the monument waiting to start.

The R.B.L. Standards are held aloft ready for the service to begin

The Lord’s Prayer being said at the opening of the service

Revd. Sharon Miles opens the service of remembrance with words of welcome to those attending, then leading everyone in the opening with the Lord’s Prayer. The Bugler , Ann Headworth, a member of the Clacton-on-Sea Cooperative Band, is standing to the right of Sharon and she will sound out the Last Post and the Reveille to begin and close the two minutes silence. You can listen on the two short movies below.

The Exhortation is said by Neil Williams, then the Bugler sounds off ‘The Last Post’ to begin two minutes of silence

The last 32 seconds of the two minute silence – then ‘The Reveille’ is sounded.

Mr. Basil Hutley retired President of the Royal British Legion, St Osyth Branch (above) lays the wreath on behalf of the Legion. The words in the centre of the wreath draw attention to the length of the ‘Somme Campaign’, which achieved so very little, for such a great loss of life one hundred years ago in 1916.

A reading by Mr Laithwaite

There are three short movies (of questionable quality) above. Click the arrow in the centre to run them.
Unfortunately these may not run on an older browser, but need an updated browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or Firefox.

Reveille has sounded, the R.B.L. wreath has been laid

Revd. Sharon begins the final prayer and a general blessing to those present this morning

The Standards are ready to be lowered for the National Anthem to conclude the service.

A carpet of poppies on the laid on the Steps

The R.B.L. wreath laid on the bed of poppies records the final thought for those who died during the Somme Offensive.


Summer Show 2016


Some of the members and visitors gathered after the Prize Giving.

Once again the Society is in the Village Hall showing off the entries submitted to the various competitions that make up the Summer Show, held this year on 2nd July 2016.
The weather in the weeks preceding the show had been a combination of everything ‘bad’. We had very strong winds on some days swirling and gusting 80 mph. We had very heavy and continuous rain which caused many roads and gardens to flood, which whilst in no way a threat to life, was a major problem for many residents with the need to clear up when the weather abated.
The numbers of entries were well down for this show, but the saying “quality not quantity” could well be applied this time as some very impressive entries were on show!

You may just be able to read the display notice, but if you cannot the entry of Geraniums
are from the St Osyth, Church of England, Primary School. The Society is always keen
to encourage young gardeners and therefore is pleased to see this entry.

Selling Raffle tickets. Christine and Stephen

Visitors admiring one of the Flower Tables

Dulcie and Sue plant sales stall. Christine just visiting.

A table of Home Crafts. One for a corner cupboard.

The awards presentation party, from left to right are Christine Harman, Vice-chairman and Show Secretary on the stage, Lesley Grimwood our Treasurer, Dulcie Evans our Chairman and Correspondence Secretary and extreme right Stephen Cole, (who just happens to be Chairman of the Village Hall committee) and today has been asked to present the awards to our Summer Show prize winners.

After putting a caption on the picture above I think it might be of interest to print here the names and roles of all those who work so hard to make these shows a success. The Committee is led by Dulcie Evans as Chairman and Correspondence Secretary; Christine Harman is vice-chairman and Show Secretary; Leslie Grimwood is Treasurer; Terence Lidington our Meetings Secretary; Susan McAree Membership Secretary; and members with no specific office, Alf Butters, Sue Butters, Christine Chadbourne, Elizabeth Dawtry, John Wood and Maureen Wood. This is the team that run the Point Clear and St Osyth Horticultural Society for the benefit of all our residents and visitors!



Historical Society Visit


On Saturday 16th July the St Osyth Historical Society set out by coach to visit the market town of EYE in Suffolk. The visit organised by Joy Clinton, had picked a very nice sunny day for our outing. This visit was not just to look around a building Linden House, but also the opportunity to visit other parts of Eye, which has a large number of listed building within its boundaries.

Members arriving at the Village Hall awaiting the coach for transport to Eye

After a journey of only one hour

we have arrived at Linden House

Linden House is one of the most important buildings in this historic Suffolk town. The house originated as a Tudor period farmhouse, being converted to a Georgian townhouse in the 18th century. The brick skin over its timber frame has turned it into a smart classical building, retaining a homely atmosphere in its simple interior layout. Once occupied by eccentric sisters, two of whom were leading suffragettes. The house was also used in a Miss Marple thriller. The Ground floor and first floors contain many portraits, family effects and varied, interesting items of history and of foreign travel.
Eye is a small market town in the north of the County of Suffolk. The town is around 4 miles south of Diss, 17.5 miles north of Ipswich and 23 miles south-west of Norwich and 48 miles from St Osyth. Historically Eye (a name is derived from the Old English word for ‘island’), would have been surrounded by water or marsh, with the church of St Peter and St Paul (pictured below) and a castle mound of William I’s time on higher ground.

Relaxing in the sun in the garden of Linden House, where soon we will have tea and cakes etc. to fortify
us for the look around Eye.

This photo shows the facade of Linden House which is recognised by a row of five pollarded Lime trees

Mr Charles Michell the owner

Mr Michell as Eye’s Town Mayor

Mrs Michell also the Town Mayor

The Church of St Peter & St Paul seen as approached
from Eye Town centre. This magnificent 15th century
building in such a small Market Town, is much more
Cathedral like, than a usual English Parish Church.

A side view of the Church showing another entrance.

Views of the church are limited by buildings and trees.

The beautiful Rood Screen, now faded from earlier
glory, leads to the Altar (see description below)

The Christogram IHS on the roof comes from the first
three letters of the Greek IHSOYS -(Jesus)

The Church itself is hugely impressive and dates back to 1470. Inside there’s a 15C wooden rood screen with intricate carving, and paintings of kings, saints and bishops. The paintings have faded they have been partly restored and give an idea of the brilliant colours that would’ve been seen in the Middle Ages. The Church Tower (above) is also mighty impressive at over 101 feet/30 metres high – described as “One of the wonders of Suffolk”. The Church was probably rebuilt on the site of an older church, as was common in East Anglia during this period of prosperity. Hard to believe now but in the 15 and 16C East Anglia was, apart from London, the wealthiest and most densely populated area in England due, primarily, to the wool and cloth trade and the region’s strategic position facing the Low Countries across the sea.

Three members, Paul Harman and Martin Walsh and wife Joyce, waving to people,
less adventurous than themselves, in climbing the steps to the top of the castle.

The original castle was built on an artificial mound created as a defensive position, on which the fortification was built sometime after 1066. The castle came under attack in 1173 from the Earl of Norfolk, but was soon repaired but was later sacked in 1265 during ‘The Barons War’ and allowed to decay. Part of castle was used as a prison until the early 1600’s but by the 1700’s local people were taking away the stone from the ruin for their own domestic purposes, thus it remains a ruin today!

My Thanks for the Historical information on this page derived from Mr Michell’s talk to us and from Eye’s publicity information in print and on the Internet.