Great Baddow Beer Festival

April 2014
The Great Baddow Millennium Community Centre will be staging The Great Baddow Beer Festival during the May bank holiday weekend from 3rd - 5th May 2014. 'The Baddow Club' is located in the recreation ground off Baddow Road. For details visit

There will be 12 real ales on offer plus ciders and these will include ales from the Greene King, the Wibblers, the Round Tower, the Crouch Vale and the Mighty Oak breweries.

As well as fine ales there will be hot food available each day. The event is open to all and guests will also be able to look around the facilities at the community centre including free entry to the members bar. On the Saturday evening there will be music entertainment in the members bar.

Opening times for The Great Baddow Beer Festival are as follows:
Saturday 3rd May: 12 noon - 11pm
Sunday 4th May: 12 noon - 10.30pm
Monday 5th May: 12 noon - 3pm.

Hundreds Gather For Funeral Of Kailen Spreadbury

March 2014
Hundreds gathered at St Mary's Church, Great Baddow on Wednesday March 19th for the funeral of Kailen Spreadbury. After the service the many hundreds followed a bagpipe player and two horse drawn carriages which carried the coffin to the Lawn Cemetery where Kailen was buried.

Kailen, aged 20, was killed in a car accident in Great Baddow on March 1st. His 18 year old fiancee Charley Wassell, released from hospital, and their 9 month old son Freddie both attended.

Great Baddow Man Killed In Car Accident

March 2014
 (Kailen pictured with fiancee Charlotte and son Freddie)

Kailen Spreadbury, aged 20, was tragically killed in a car accident on the A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way, Great Baddow on Saturday March 1st. He was pronouced dead at the scene at 1pm.

His partner Charlotte was flown to The Royal London Hospital by air ambulance and remains in a serious condition. Their 9 month old son, Freddie, who was also involved in the collision, was released from hospital unharmed.

Kailen, the son of Warren and Karen Spreadbury, attended Baddow Hall School and Great Baddow High School and was scouted to play football for West Ham FC from the age of six. He later had a spell in the Chelsea youth team and also played for Chelmsford City Colts before settling to play for his local team Great Baddow FC at the age of 16.

Kailen was a hugely popular young man and devoted father. RIP Kailen.

Blue Lion Pub Up For Sale

February 2014
The lease for the Blue Lion pub in Tabors Hill, Great Baddow is up for sale. The pub is owned by Punch Taverns and has been run by current landlords Dave and Ann Heelis for 8 years.

The Punch Taverns website states that the new tenants will be required to pay 'ingoings' of £76,550. On top of that the rent is £35,506 per annum.

Rumour has it that the Blue Lion will be transformed into another Indian restaurant -  the 3rd for the village.

Wash Out For Football At Baddow Rec

February 2014
Many parts of the UK have had their wettest January since records began over 250 years ago with parts of the west country such as Somerset suffering severe flooding. Whilst Great Baddow has not benn affected as badly, the rainfall has still been significant.

The football pitches at Great Baddow recreation ground (photo above) have been waterlogged for several weeks now with not a ball kicked since mid December 2013.

Top Marks For Baddow Establishments

January 2014

The Essex Chronicle has just published the food hygiene ratings for businesses throughout Chelmsford. The ratings are judged from a top mark of 5 down to zero. A large number of popular Chelmsford restaurants scored a lowly 1 including the Empire Chinese in Springfield Road.

Several Great Baddow restaurants scored the top mark of 5 including the Great Baddow Millennium Centre (photo above), Pontands Park Hotel, Russells Restaurant, the White Horse pub, New Orientel House (chinese in Vineyards) and Baddow Tandoori.

All ratings can be found at the Food Standards Agency website.

New Great Baddow Sign

November 2013
Great Baddow has a new village sign. It was created by metal-work craftsman Dan Rawlings and is situated opposite St Mary's Church at the junction with The White Horse pub.

The Marconi-themed sign replaces the old one which fell down eighteen months ago because of the mast rotting away.