Blue Lion Beer Festival

March 2012

Following the success of last year's event the Blue Lion Pub will be holding a beer festival from Thursday March 29th - Sunday April 1st.  Tel: 01245 476632.

High Street Land Development?

March 2012

(Reading Room building in Bell Street)

The piece of land directly behind the Reading Room building in Bell Street, Great Baddow was bought at auction for £40,000.

The land has now been partially cleared of trees. It adjoins the High Street directly opposite Foxholes Road.

(vacant land in the High Street, Great Baddow)

Great Baddow Village Sign Missing?

March 2012

(The location of the village sign at the junction of High Street/Church Street between St Mary's Church and the White Horse pub - photo kindly provided by Richard Beck)

The Great Baddow village sign is, in fact, not missing. It has been removed for health and safety reasons as the post on which it stands had become rotten causing it to list badly.

The village sign will return once repaired.

Olympic Champion At Great Baddow Fun Run

March 2012

Fatima Whitbread, the former Olympic and world champion javelin thrower has agreed to start this year's Great Baddow Fun Run. Fatima is also well known for recently appearing in the popular 'I'm A Celebrity' TV show.

The Great Baddow Charity Race is now in its 28th year and consists of two events - a two mile fun run around the village and a ten mile road race for more serious competitors (chosen as the official Essex AAA ten mile championship for 2012). Both events start and finish in Great Baddow Recreation Ground.

Organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that they can persuade Fatima to don her running shoes and take part in one of the runs. The event takes place on Sunday, May 20th.

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(Runners line up to take part in the Great Baddow Charity Races)