Music On The Meadow 2016

Business Association Village Treat

One of a number of pictures taken around the recreation ground to give an idea of the numbers present.
This opening picture showing in the background part of our St Osyth Priory.

On Saturday the 23rd July the St Osyth Business Association held what has become an annual event, the organisation of a free music event for all village residents and their friends. The entertainment gets going at 2 p.m. and finishes at 10 p.m.
Whilst the day was referred to as Music on the Meadow it was in fact held on the Cowley Park Recreation Ground in Mill Street and not only did the Business Association arrange for Nine Musical Acts both Bands and Singers, but they ordered a brilliant hot sunny day so that everyone got maximum enjoyment from attending that afternoon or evening. It was certainty a good time out for families with children who could enjoy ‘Giggle City’ with its bouncy castles, slides, trampoline’s etc. and various stalls around the ground selling goodies including Ice Cream for some and a licensed ‘Beer Tent’ for others!
We all owe a BIG VOTE OF THANKS to those Business Association members who organised our day!
The photographs below were taken between 3.50 p.m. at 5.30 p.m.

There were stalls and features all around the ground

items of interest to show visitors and goods for sale

Two Gladiators fight to the ‘death’ with air filled clubs

See for yourself who lost this round, Down but not Out

Two pictures above show the ‘early birds’ who arrived at or a little before the start
to get a prime position in front of the performers stage, listening to a succession of
bands and acts during the afternoon and evening.

A few more general views of the Cowley Park assemblage and immediately above is part of ‘Giggle City’ .

One of the musicians.

Kiddies roundabout.

another of the musicians.

A really lovely day, thanks to St Osyth Business Association. It was brilliant weather from start to finish, which always makes an open air event so successful. The crowd attending all seemed to be enjoying themselves and many groups were pre-arranged with friends and neighbours meeting up and sitting together, sharing food and drink as provided by those in a particular party. This event is exactly what people understand as a village activity, never to be seen in an urban town.

You will have read in our Parish Magazine, in the Council Chairman Sonia Grantham’s monthly reports, that Mr Mark Shuttleworth and his trustee board are retiring from the management of this facility after something like twenty years in charge. As you can see looking around the ground, they return Cowley Park to the Parish Council in good heart!


Aircraft Museum Point Clear

Open Day Sunday 21st August 2016

Once again the ‘Museum in the Bay’ is opening its doors to all members of the public who care to visit today to meet some members and former members of the UK Military Services and if they wish for a nominal £1, they can tour the museum, housed in the Napoleonic Martello Tower ‘A’.
The Museum building houses memorabilia from all three services but with concentration on the Royal Air Force and World War II, and in particular the part played by the United States Air Force, with the Museum itself being dedicated to a US airman Raymond E. King, who crashed off Clacton on Sea.
His wrecked P51 Mustang fighter aircraft in which the he died, was recovered from the sea and, is on display inside the Museum
Many other displays of militaria and weapons of war are on various stalls around the old parking area, set up by their owner / enthusiasts, with some stalls having items for sale. With weather permitting the event was planned to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A view along the old car park area

One display with many hand weapons

All laid out. Hand weapons and machine gun

A full display of unexploded bomb treatment

Equipment used to de-fuse a German bomb

An actual bomb. Coins on top for size comparison

Female Naval personnel with a surface shelter.

A machine gun examined by two young men

The Martello Tower museum building. Entry £1. (picture from an earlier event)

The weather was kind as some early rain discouraged visitors at the start of the day, but visitors came in reasonable numbers seeming to come in bunches walking along the sea wall from the Car park. It was a warm afternoon and the refreshment stalls and Ice Cream did a roaring trade, but it has to be admitted that this was a smaller function in that there were less items to view this year than on previous occasions.
For any keen photographer the £1 spent for an adult to go in and around the museum was an open sesame for panoramic views from the roof of the Tower, which covers views up and down the river Colne, Brightlingsea, Mersea Island and a view over the Orchards Holiday Park looking towards Clacton–on-Sea.

Machine Gun parts and equipment

Two tailors dummies wearing Swiss Army uniforms

Display of modern copies of a Knight’s helmet

A row of gleaming motor cycles with their proud owners

This picture left, shows Naval Cadets manning the Sea Wall to fire their weapons out to sea to avoid any possible chance of a visitor being in any was injured. The rifle I would guess was firing ordinary blanks, but the machine gun is adapted for display purposes and fires (or more correctly makes the sound of firing) using two gasses fed to the gun, which when the trigger is pulled allow a small quantity of the gases to mix and explode, just like a gun shot. There seems to be no time delay as it sounds exactly as a machine gun we may hear in a film.

People walking the sea wall towards the Museum

An information board outside the museum


Parish Church Flower Festival 2016


The Flower Festival Programme

Our Parish Church of ‘Saints Peter and Paul’ held their Flower Festival which took place over the Bank Holiday Weekend from Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August 2016. There was also a special ‘paid for’ preview evening on Friday 26th which is reported after the main Flower Show report and includes a report on the evenings entertainers
The Parish Church was a blaze of colour with thirty nine specific named displays all around the building, each display designed to represent a particular Song or Hymn title in some way, with many ingenious thought processes at work interpreting the weekend’s theme.
Whilst the Festival sets out to show off the Church, enhanced by the beauty of floral displays, we all understand that an event such as this and the hard work put in by a few residents is also intended to raise funds for needed repair work in the Church. This event raised the handsome sum of just over £3008. Very well done to all concerned!

Singing In The Rain

There Is A Green Hill Far Away

There Is A Green Hill Far Away (2)

This Little Light Of Mine

I’m Henry The Eighth I Am

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven -Part 2

Bring Me Sunshine

Morning Has Broken


Its A Wonderful World (part of)

On The Wings Of A Dove

Auld Lang Syne

All Things Bright And Beautiful

The Biggest Aspidistra In The World (part of)

Dancing Round The Maypole

I Do Love To Be BesideThe Seaside

The Lion And The Lamb

Here Comes The Bride

Greetings to all

Food Glorious Food

Singing In The Rain

I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Three Coins In A Fountain

Sunrise Sunset

Roses For The River Of Remembrance

An English Country Garden


Wherever You Are – (R.B.L.)

Garden Of Eden

We did not hold a Flower Festival last year and it was something many August Bank Holiday visitors queried with us, as they arrived expecting one, but perhaps as Revd Sharon Miles our Vicar says in her introduction to the programme, “It was with great sadness that last year’s Festival was cancelled but it has allowed us more preparation time for this year!”
A great deal of planning for an event of this magnitude in a fully functioning Church, right at the centre of many other village activities, does take a lot of careful thought and cooperation between many loyal parishioners in St Osyth and Point Clear. Those of us who have enjoyed the Bank Holiday and our Church Flower Festival owe a debt of gratitude to all those involved, who have enhanced our visit by their efforts – Thank you all!

Three Coins In A fountain

Let’s Twist Again

The Wheels On The Bus

The Old Rugged Cross

River Of Remembrance (font front)

Be Still In The Presence Of The Lord

The Holly And The Ivy

Music Of The Night

River of Remembrance (back of font)

There’s A hole In My Bucket

Broken For Me

Auld Lang Syne

Happy Birthday

Thine Be The Glory

Daisy Daisy

As I said when writing these pages, Friday evening was a special Preview, cheese and wine night. For the price of a £5 ticket, 120 people attended to see the beautiful floral displays in our Church all set up to welcome any resident or visitor over the Bank Holiday Weekend
We were entertained by a Suffolk Group named ‘Harbour Lights’ a trio of Alvar Smith, Derek Simpson and Rob Neal. They provided us with light-hearted songs, local traditional songs and tunes, along with their tales which were well received.
Since the evening was advertised as a ‘Cheese and Wine viewing, these were readily available during the event.

Christine Harman outlining the entertainment to come

Raffle Tickets can be bought here

Liquid refreshment of all kinds here

Our East Anglian Entertainers

A view of the audience

From the back towards our entertainers

Quite a crowd being entertained

The Team that organise refreshments


Public Meeting Village Residents

To receive details regarding the Sargeants planning permissions to build houses in the Priory grounds

The Sight that greeted Village residents when they arrived at the Village Hall

On Monday 28th November the Parish Council Chairman, Mrs Sonia Grantham, arranged for Planning Officers to attend a residents meeting in the Village Hall and answer their questions on recent events leading to the St Osyth Priory owners, the Sargeant family, gaining planning permission to build houses behind the Priory walls and to build properties in the Priory Parkland
On the 18th October two applications, one comprised an estate of 72 dwellings on agricultural land to the west of the Priory (the ‘West Field’ development) and the other comprised 17 dwellings for either residential or holiday use located either individually or in groups, in different parts of the Priory’s parkland, each of bespoke design (the ‘Parkland’ development) were considered by the Committee.
These two applications had been referred by the applicants to the Secretary of State against their non-determination and both applications were now the subject of determination by the Planning Inspectorate at a Public Inquiry that was scheduled to start on 15th November 2016, running until the 2nd December, for consideration of both the above applications and previous applications for enabling development. The District Council Planning Committee members were told that their decision that evening would go to the Planning Inspector to indicate what decision they would have made if they had dealt with the item within the timescale allowed. The Committee rejected the applications.

An aerial view of the Priory buildings.

Darcy House

The approach road to the Priory Gatehouse

The Tithe Barn

Neil Williams our Parish Clerk prepared a Power Point display of many of the Priory buildings that will undoubtedly be the subject of repair or restoration during the next ten years. These pictures are displayed above and below this text. I have also printed for your further information the listed features identified in the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan 2010.
Many residents may never have been in the Priory Grounds and seen the numerous individual buildings because public access has not been available since the Sargeant family bought the Priory in 1999, though a restoration of public access has always been their stated aim as the owners. Parts of the Priory are open on special occasions however, such as St Osyth Day, when the family open the Priory Chapel and also on Open Garden Days organised by the Parish Church fund raising group.
Neil has passed all his pictures on to me so that I can show them to the wider public who receive our Parish Web Site updates from time to time.

St Osyth Priory (22 listed features)
Gatehouse and east and west flanking ranges
Precinct wall running east of gatehouse
Precinct wall to south-west of gatehouse
Precinct wall flanking Mill Street Garden wall with attached small outbuilding
Garden wall attached to precinct wall to south
House (former convalescent home)
Urn and pedestal 50m north of gatehouse Ornamental steps flanked by urns Urn and stone pedestal 50m north-east of Abbot’s lodging
Wall between southern wing of house and Darcy tower
Chapel and ruins attached to north
Darcy Tower and vaulting to west
Ruined east range and tower
Barn adjoining west range of gatehouse
Cart lodge adjacent to west of barn
Brew house north-west of gatehouse
Outbuilding adjacent to north-west of brew house (dairy)
Outbuilding adjacent to north of dairy
Cottage adjoining outbuilding
Stable block adjacent to north-west of barn
St Osyth’s Priory, pump 20m west of cottage

Chapel and ruins attached to north

The Cart Lodge

The Bailiff’s Cottage

The Brew House & West Barn

Sonia Grantham asked Gary Guiver to send her the main points that lead to the Public Enquiry being closed early, so they could be put in the Parish Magazine for the information of residents. Garry wrote to her as follows:

1) On 18th October 2016, the Planning Committee agreed the Council’s position in respect of the 2016 planning applications for West Field (72 dwellings) and the Parkland (17 dwellings) and the appeal against non-determination.

2) The resolution was that the Council would have refused planning permission because the benefits being offered by the applicants in terms of repairs to the Priory did not outweigh the harm that the developments would cause to the setting of the Priory and the park – however, if the applicants were to enter into a s106 legal agreement to secure a comprehensive strategy for the future of the Priory, the repair of all of the Priory’s principle buildings and review mechanism to allow for future changes, then the Council would have been minded to approve.

3) The Public Inquiry was originally only going to deal with the 2011 planning applications (following the quashing of the earlier Inspectors decision), but the 2016 applications were added into the Inquiry following the appeal against their non-determination.

4) The Inquiry started on 15th November. The first day of the Inquiry was taken up by discussion on the importance of accurately calculating the ‘conservation deficit’ and some debate as to what approach should be followed. There was a difference in opinion between the Council and the appellants.

5) Dr Anthony Lee of BNP Paribas was asked to complete his report on the Conservation Deficit – the findings of which would provide the definitive position. Dr. Lee’s report was completed on Thursday and the results suggested that £7.4million generated from the 2016 enabling development proposals could be utilised to set up an independent trust and secure repairs to the Priory. It was agreed that this would be the maximum that the Priory owners could be expected to raise through the 2016 enabling development proposals.

6) Mr. Drury gave evidence on behalf of the Council on the heritage impact of the development proposals. His evidence demonstrated that the 2011 planning applications would cause serious harm to the heritage assets, but the 2016 applications would cause moderate harm.

7) On the fourth day of the Inquiry, the Council’s appeal team met with the applicants to explore whether or not, following Dr. Lee’s report, they would be willing to enter into a s106 agreement that would meet all of the Council’s requirements, as agreed by the Committee on 18th October.

8) A draft ‘heads of terms’ for a s106 agreement was prepared by the applicants and the Council’s legal and planning officers were satisfied that this would meet the Planning Committee’s resolution.

9) The appellants agreed to withdraw all of the appeals for both the 2011 and 2016 planning applications if the Council would reclaim and grant planning permission for the 2016 applications subject to an s106 agreement that would meet the Council’s requirements.

10) The applicants duly withdrew all of the appeals and the Council immediately issued planning permission for applications 16/00656/FUL (72 dwellings on West Field) and 16/00671/FUL (17 dwellings in the Parkland).

11) Condition no. 2 of both planning permissions requires that no development can take place until a s106 has been completed which secures all of the Council’s requirements, which are set out in schedules attached to the decision notice.



Seated at the high table were from the left: Cllr John Kemp, Vice Chairman of the Parish
Council; Cllr Sonia Grantham, Chairmen of the Parish Council; Mr Gary Guiver, Planning
Policy Manager Tendring D.C. and Catherine Bicknell, T.D.C’s Head of Planning Services.

Front row residents listening now and ready to ask
their questions, with some of the officers of
Save Our St.Osyth (or S.O.S.)

Front row of Parish Council members with County
Councillor Alan Goggin, a strong Parish supporter,
2nd right sitting next to Councillor John White

The meeting, which started at 7.30 p.m. ran on to about 9.40 p.m. Whilst the subject was one which had reached boiling point with some residents being quite affronted by the decision to grant the Sargeants planning permission, the business was well conducted with many questions being asked and answered. Gary Guiver’s delivery was at all time calm and it was obvious he knew his subject inside out!
There were however one or two small policy items where Gary turned to his ‘boss’ Cath Bicknell for confirmation that what he was saying was in accord with current policy and was correct.

A shots across the Hall to show the numbers of residents attending.

A shot from the other side of the Village Hall showing residents present

Sonia Grantham and her Vice-Chairman John Kemp.

The content above details the up to date position in the Priory grounds. We think the majority of our residents will not be pleased by the outcome, but it is legal and a quite proper decision, made in accordance with Planning Law.
The Parish Council will now have to plan the way forward, to take account of the changed circumstances in our village such as the potential increase in our population in the near future.
I would like to thank Neil our Clerk for his help with this Web article.


The Spring Show


The picture above shows Members and Visitors standing behind a Spring Flowers table, following the prize giving ceremony and the concluding raffle draw. A satisfactory end to an enjoyable afternoon.

Lesley Grimwood, the Society Treasurer reports:
The Point Clear and St. Osyth Horticultural Society held the first of its three annual shows on Saturday 8th April. The event was very well attended with over 250 entries with exhibitors ranging in age from 1 year 11 months to 93 years. Members and visitors enjoyed the displays of colourful floral displays, tempting cookery and exquisite handicrafts, as well as being able to indulge in tea and homemade cakes.

The trophy winners were: Mrs Jill Bligh (best Cookery exhibit), Mrs Marianne Tunstall (most points in handicrafts), Mrs Libby Brown (most points in the W.I. classes) and John Woods (most points in all classes)

I think the pictures speak for themselves and need no caption or commentary from me. (Did you spot lambs in the field – baby cauliflowers and black grapes?).
It has not been the easiest period weather wise, for anyone thinking of our Spring Show entries. In February it was sunny one minute then cold with strong wind the next, March followed the same pattern with some very hot day followed by cold ones and now in April we are crying out for rain and even as I write these few words on a sunny day, the forecast reports ‘frost’ in some areas! – but our members still managed to give us a good show!

The three pictures below show some of the many prize winners collecting their prize money, but with the top prize being only £1.60, nobody can retire on the proceeds, though no doubt basking in the pleasure of being a winner! Trophies, Cups and prize money are presented by Dulcie Evans Chairman assisted by Terence Lidington our Meetings secretary.
Before the Chairman began the awards ceremony, she paid tribute following the retirement of Christine Harman Vice-Chairman and Show Secretary, who for many years, aided by her husband Paul, had organised Shows, with Paul checking and totalling points awarded and then calculating prizes to be awarded.

The picture to your left is of Dulcie Evans our Chairman, (less than ten years away from Her Majesty the Queen’s letter of congratulations on reaching 100 years of age) she is accompanied by her grandchildren’s families including her Great Grandchildren. Since Dulcie’s mother was an active member of the Society, it could be said all five generations of her family have been associated with the Society and who knows, the later generations will perhaps all be entering exhibits in future shows!