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.

Storm Hits Great Baddow

October 2013
On the morning of October 28th 2013, like most of the UK, Great Baddow was hit by a severe storm that caused damage to trees and property.

This photograph was taken in Baddow Hall Avenue where a fallen tree completely blocked the road.

New Nets For Great Baddow Cricket Club

October 2013
Chelmsford City Mayor (and Great Baddow Parish Councillor) Trevor Miller officially opened Great Baddow Cricket Club's new nets in the Recreation Ground on Saturday, September 28th 2013.. He is pictured with Great Baddow Cricket Club President Peter Tuxhill, his wife the Mayoress Maureen Miller and members of the clubs colts.

The club's head coach, David Byford, said that the three bay synthetic practise area was the culmination of 14 years hard work at the club. It is hoped that the new facility will help Great Baddow Cricket Club to continue to grow and achieve further success.

New Menu At Kings Head Pub

September 2013
The Kings Head pub in Maldon Road, Great Baddow is building a fine reputation for the quality of its food and for the month of September is offering 2 for 1 on all meals. They serve from 11am - 7pm everyday. Definitely worth a visit!

The main menu includes:

Hunters smoothered chicken breast with grilled streaky bacon and BBQ sauce, mature cheddar served with chips and a dressed salad;

Grilled gammon steak with chips and peas and a choice of fried egg or pineapple;

Beer battered cod with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce;

Steak & Kidney pie served with mashed potato and veg;

Chicken Tikka Masala with rice popadums, nann bread and mango chutney;

Vegetable or traditional lasagne served with chips and salad;

All day breakfasts with a choice of egg, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mushrooms, fried bread, black pudding and beans.

Helicopter Rescue At Recreation Ground

September 2013
An Essex air ambulance was called to the Great Baddow Recreation Ground to take an injured person to hospital.

Great Baddow Cricket Team Hit Top Spot

August 2013
Captained by Craig Nuttall (3rd in top row), Great Baddow 2nd XI cricket team have enjoyed a fantastic season. They are currently top of the T. Rippon Mid-Essex Cricket League (Division 4). They require just one more victory to win the league.

This photograph was taken at Baddow Rec. prior to their match against Willow Herbs on Saturday, 10th August which Great Baddow won.

The Great Baddow Cricket Club are a thriving organisation and have 4 Saturday teams, 1 Sunday team and also a junior team. Their home ground is the Baddow Rec. and they use the Baddow Club as their base.

Sinatra Plays Baddow Club

August 2013
Ian 'Frank Sinatra' Gallagher at the Baddow Club

The UK's No.1 Sinatra tribute act 'Classic Sinatra' played at the Great Baddow Club on Saturday night (August 3rd) to a packed audience in the members bar.

Ian Gallagher, who lives in Essex and has performed all over the world, delighted his audience with an array of Frank Sinatra's greatest hits and big band sounds. For more information about Ian please visit

Great Baddow Man Announces Royal Birth

July 2013
 (Tony makes his announcement on the steps of St Mary's Hospital)

Great Baddow's Tony Appleton, 76, announced the birth of the royal baby, Prince George, to billions of people throughout the world when he took to the steps of St Mary's Hospital in London.In front of the world's media and dressed in a traditional red jacket and a red, white and blue ostrich feathered hat Tony cried,

"On this day the 22nd July in the year 2013, we welcome with honourable duty a future king. The first born of their Royal Highness the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The third in line to the throne.
Our new prince is the third great grandchild of Her Majesty the Queen and the first grandchild of the Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. May he be long lived, happy and glorious and one day to reign over us. God save the Queen."

Tony, who has been Great Baddow's town crier for 25 years, was not part of the official proceedings.
He admitted, "I gatecrashed it. - the crowd were hysterical, absolutely ecstatic. They thought I was the messanger for the Queen."

Tony, now dubbed the 'Royal town crier', appeared on television stations around the world and his photograph on every newspaper including the Los Angeles Times.

New Look Co-op Re-opens

July 2013
A new look Co-op supermarket has opened in the Vineyards (Thursday, 25th July). The store has been closed for two weeks to undergo a major refurbishment. The new shop has an in store bakery, new 'environment friendly' chilled fridges, self scan tills and an ATM.

You are also able to buy lottery tickets and pay bills using the Paypoint service. Opening hours are 7.00am - 10.00pm 7 days a week.

New Shops Open In Great Baddow

July 2013
Two new businesses have opened in Maldon Road this month. Arthur Anthony Kitchens and the Great Baddow Barber Shop. The cost of a haircut is £8.

Charity Event For Farleigh Hospice

June 2013
A charity event in support of Farleigh Hospice held at the Great Baddow Millennium Centre proved very popular. Several dance acts performed at the event including the 'Burlesque Jems' pictured above.

For further information about the group visit

Deputy Head Retires From Great Baddow School

June 2013
Deputy head teacher Andy Green, 61, has retired after spending 40 years of his career at Great Baddow High School. He joined the school in 1973 after graduating from Loughborough University, starting as a PE teacher. Also starting on the same day was trainee home economics teacher, Sue, who later became Mr Green's wife.

Andy, who is president of Chelmsford Rugby Club, now plans to go to Australia to watch the British Lions tour. 

The Great Baddow Charity Races 2013

May 2013

 (Start of the race in Baddow Rec.)

The Great Baddow Charity Races are now in their 29th year. The races consist of a 10 mile race and a 2 mile fun run through Great Baddow and Galleywood.

The races are organised by The Rotary Club Of Chelmsford Mildmay. Proceeds from the event are used to support charities working for local people. This year's charities included the Chelmsford Starfish Project, the Alzheimer's Society, Riding For The Disabled and Hargrave House.

UKIP Push Tories Close In Great Baddow

May 2013

 (UKIP candidates on the campaign trail in Chelmsford. Great Baddow resident Jesse Pryke, UKIP's Central Essex Branch Chairman, is pictured centre. He came second in Stock.)

In the Essex County Council elections held this month UKIP came very close to defeating the Conservatives in Great Baddow. UKIP candidate Jeanette Howes lost by just 72 votes to Conservative winner Jenny Chandler. 

Voting for Great Baddow was as follows: Jenny Chandler (Con) 1440; Jeanette Howes (UKIP) 1368; Chris Rycroft (LD) 1191; Richard Hyland (Lab) 472; Darryl Newport (green) 152; Turnout 29.4%.

Great Baddow Man's Recipe Delights ITV Show

April 2013

Great Baddow resident Tony Appleton appeared on the ITV show ‘Food Glorious Food’ demonstrating his Bread and Butter Pudding recipe that has passed down through four generations of his family. The ex Navy man though, has added a boozy twist! One day he added rum to his mother’s mixture, a vital tweak that he has kept in his version of the dish ever since. The dish impressed judge Tom Parker Bowles who awarded Tony a rosette for his efforts.

Tony has been a Town Crier for 20 years. He also owns a care home in Baddow Road.
Here’s the recipe for Tony’s Bread and Butter Pudding.
Serves: 4
4 oz dried fruit
3 tbsp good quality dark rum e.g Pusser’s rum
4-6 slices white sliced bread, crusts removed
1 x orange, zest only
1 x lemon, zest only
3 oz brown sugar
3 x large eggs
1 pint milk

1. Soak the fruit in a bowl with the rum for 1 hour.
2. Butter an ovenproof dish (8½ x 8½ x 2”). Drain the soaked fruit.
3. Butter the bread, then spread each slice with marmalade. Cut each slice into four triangles.
Place one layer of bread in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with a third of the zests, sugar and fruit.
Repeat this step twice more to give three layers in total.
4. Beat the eggs and add the milk. Pour this mixture over the bread and allow to soak for 1 hour.
5. Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas mark 2, then bake the pudding on the middle shelf for 1 hour. 
Serve with double cream.

Baddow Road Roadworks Cause Congestion

April 2013

The roadworks at the junction of Baddow Road, Tabors Hill and Maldon Road outside the Blue Lion pub have caused traffic congestion through Great Baddow with a three way traffic light system in place. The work is estimated to last for three weeks.

What's Happening At Baddow Club?

March 2013

(A 90th birthday celebration held recently in the Millennium Suite)

The Great Baddow Millennium Community Centre or the ‘Baddow Club’ as it is better known was rebuilt in 2000 with the help of lottery funding and, as most local residents know, is situated in the recreation ground.
The club has two main function rooms and a members bar with Sky TV for all the sports action. The club provides regular entertainment every fortnight with a variety of singing acts. 

 ('The Caverners' proved very popular with their 60's music)

 ('Retrovox' also provided a great night of entertainment)

The club is also home to several teams – including football, cricket, darts and crib – who play in local leagues.  A very popular bingo night is also held on a Sunday night every two weeks.There are also regular theatre trips and outings to places of interest.

New members are welcome. Please visit or call 478088 for further information. You can also visit their facebook page at:

   (The Great Baddow Veterans play on a Saturday afterrnoon. Players are 35 years of age and over)

(Great Baddow's Sunday team play in the Pope & Smith League)

Marconi Club Re-Opens

February 2013

The re-built Marconi Social Club in Beehive Lane, Great Baddow is now re-open and looking for new members.

There really is something for everyone at the ‘new look’ Marconi's. The club’s main hall (pictured above) is one of the largest wooden sprung dance floors in Essex. Throughout the week there are dance classes for latin and ballroom, modern jive, line dancing, salsa and on a Friday afternoon  - a tea dance.

There are all-weather tennis courts, squash courts and snooker tables and a members bar serving discounted drinks. Other activities include Zumba fitness classes and bowls. Membership starts at £20 per year for a social member.

For further details about membership, dance classes and function rooms that are available for hire please call 01245 269422 or visit

main bar area

snooker room

all-weather tennis courts