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Hullbridge Village History

Hullbridge Centre, Windermere Avenue.

Photo 1975 of people digging over a piece of land Photo shot 1976 from Ferry Road showing the entrance to the Anchor Inn and its car park. Photo shot 2011 of the centre.

The Begining.

1975

Hullbridge had set up their own "Meals on Wheels Service" and as a result of their visits it was felt there was an urgent need to have A "Day Centre" to provide a warm, modern meeting place and hot dinners at a subsidised price for the village's older residents (over 50's).
Councillor Mrs Terri Madden helped form a Hullbridge Old Peoples Welfare Committee (HOPWC) and started looking for a piece of land and started funds raising and talks with Rochford District Council.
At this time the government were issuing statements of concern about the number of old people dieing from hyperthermia.
The HOPWC identified a piece of land, it was in Windermere Ave., just behind the new medical centre but they needed the help of Rochford District Council so they approached them with their plan and managed to get them to set aside £ 45,000 for the building of the centre leaving the committee a fund raising target of £ 10,000 . Things did not always go smoothly and it was reported in the Evening Echo on 30th July 1975 about a clash between 2 Parish Councillors (Mrs Campbell-Daley and Mrs Terri Madden) about the way collecting of funds was undertaken on a Sunday. Mrs Campbel-Daley was the Secretary of Rochford Old Peoples Committee and she stated she had received a number of calls from people thinking it was this committee that was collecting funds on a Sunday which was immoral and against many peoples religious beliefs. On the particular day in question £45 was raised.
In Novemeber 1975 the HOPWC had raised £ 5,000 and a group of 12 villagers were shown in the Evening Echo as starting work on the site. The photograph in the press showed them digging ground and in the background are the backs of Ryedale Villas on Ferry Road . (See first picture above: The people in this picture are RIGHT to LEFT:1) Mrs Pam Moody, 2) Man ? , 3) ? , 4) ? , 5) ? , 6) ? , 7) ? ,8) ? 9) ? 10) Miss Beattie Car.

1976

In 1976 the buidling was complete and handed over to HOPWC now renamed Hullbridge Senior Citizens Wealthfare Council (HSCWC).
Here are some photos of the newly installed kitchen from which the council provided its meals on wheels service.

On 27th Sept 1976 the Hullbridge Senior Citizens Centre was officially opened Mrs N A Renaut. and here are some photos taken at the time.

The people in the photo are:-
The SERVING COUNTER: The people in the photo are:- KITCHEN STAFF: The people in the photo are:- The COMMITTEE: people in the photo are:-
FRONT ROW LEFT to RIGHT: 1)Joan Clarke 2) ? , 3) Erica Leighton. BACK ROW LEFT to RIGHT: 4) Terri Madden, 5) Iris Wetton?, 6) Mr ? , 7) Pam Moody, 8) ? , 9) Edna Carter, 10) ? , 11) ? , 12) Betty Sonnet? .
The covering of the unveiling placque by Mrs Pat Moody and Erica Leighton ahead of the ceremony. Handing over of the keys by Councillor ?? to Mrs Pat Moody. Members having a relaxing time before lunch. The people in the photo are:-
LEFT to RIGHT: 1) Man ? , 2) Man ? , 3) ? , 4) ?, 5) ? , 6) ? , 7) Man ? , 8) ? , 9) ? ,
10) Man ? , 11) ? , 12) Man ? , 13) Man ? , 14)Man ? , 15) Man ? , 16) Man ? , 17) Man ? , 18) ?.
Members having a relaxing time before lunch. The people in the photo are:-
LEFT to RIGHT: 1) Man ? , 2) Man ? , 3) ? , 4) Man ?, 5) ? , 6) ? , 7) ? , 8) ? , 9) Man ? ,
10) ? , 11) ? , 12) ? , 13) ? .
Mrs W Shannon and Mrs preparing the vegetables for the lunch time meal. Mrs W Shannon and Mrs cooking the lunch time meal. Members collecting their dinners from the serving counter, Liver and Bacon and sitting down to enjoy a three course meal. SMOKING PERMITTED!
The people in the photo are:- LEFT to RIGHT:-Table 1: 1) ? , 2) ? , 3) ? , 4) ? , Table 2: 1) ? , 2) ? , 3) ? , 4) ? , 5) ? , 6) ? , 7) ? ,
Table 3) 1) ? , Table 4: 1) ? , Serving Hatch: 1) ? , 2) ? , 3) ? , OTHERS 1) Man standing ? 2) Lady Walking ? , 3) Man on settee, 4) Man seated ?.
After lunch two couples play darts they are : 1) ? , 2) ? , 3) ? , 4) ? . Also in the room are:-

In December children from the primary school did the first of many yearly Christmas shows at the centre. Here is a photo of the cast and audience. They Are (PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE AN ENLARGED VERSION):-

1977

Things did not start well in 1977. When granting HSCWC the license for use of the hall the council imposed several rules.

On Feb 5th the Committee as part of their fund raising plan held a Sausage and Chip supper event. It cost people 75p to get in provide them with Sausage and Chips and music and dancing. People had to bring in their own drinks. It was well attended by 125 people. Unfortunately over 45 residents wrote to RDC councilors and local councilors to complain and over the next two months many letters and articles appeared in the local press for both sides of the argument, but in the end the HSCWC received a written warning that any further breach of the license agreement on their part would result in it being revoked.

The Centre had a resident band and on Oct 14th they made the press in the News Observer

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Acknowledgement is made to the following contributions that this history was compiled from:-