Wickford Shinfodo Jujitsu, a much safer place to train

Thank you from the Shinfodo Jujitsu Club

The pupils and Sensie of the Wickford, Shinfodo Jujuitsu club now have a much safer environment in which to practice their skills, thanks to a grant of over £3,000. The grant was used to buy much needed training mats and equipment and a new storage shed. The ancient martial art of Jujitsu was originally developed by the Japanese Samurai Warriors, … Read More

St Catherine’s Church, Wickford, Lych Gate

St Catherine's Church, Wickford, Lych Gate

In May 2014, it became clear that the lych gate at St. Catherine’s, Wickford, which had been leaning slightly, Pisa-like for some years, was suddenly starting to move towards the Southend Road.  For most people, demolition was not an option; the lych gate has many admirers and supporters, a good number of whom were willing to make a donation towards … Read More

Trust launches new website

Trustees launch Trust's new website

We have just launched our new website. The new website, built in conjunction with Elstree Film Design Limited, has been designed to be both interactive and user friendly and takes users on a tour of both old and new projects supported by the Trust, as well as highlighting the latest Trust news. The short film on the Home page shows just … Read More

War heroes of Ramsden Crays remembered forever

Dedication of Ramsden Crays War Memorial

On the cold, but sunny morning of 1st May 2015, a small group of people followed by standard bearers from the Hockley British Legion, the Korean War Veterans Association the Sub Mariners Association and the Naval Patrol Service made their way slowly to the new War Memorial at Ramsden Crays. Upon arrival they were met by the Reverend Stephen Robertson … Read More

Sustainable energy for Wat Tyler Country Park

VNTT Trustees & Steve Prewer - BBC Countryside Parks Manager

On a sunny March day, our Trustees and Steve Prewer (Basildon Council) celebrated the installation of new solar panels to the roof of the old laboratory, now an arts centre, at Wat Tyler  country park. The purchase of these was made possible thanks to part of a £53,000 grant from Veolia North Thames Trust. Doug Benjafield – Chairman of VNTT said “The … Read More