Works start on Upminster Windmill

Storm Imogen braved as we gathered for the photo shoot

Whilst she did her best, storm Imogen was unable to stop the brave group of people that attended the official ground-breaking ceremony at Upminster Windmill on the 8th February 2016. Whilst the wind whipped around them they all managed to raise a smile for the cameras. This Trust awarded a grant of £255,902 towards the new visitor centre which once completed … Read More

Ingrebourne Valley visitor centre opens

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre Inside

The Ingrebourne Valley visitor centre in Hornchurch Country Park finally opened its doors on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Following speeches from our Chairman and other parties, the centre was finally opened by Cllr Melvin Wallace and lolo Williams from BBCs Springwatch. The weather was glorious,  and the visitor centre was busy all day, attracting both young and old from miles around, popping in for … 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

Discover Wildspace app launch

Cllr Melvin Wallace at Wybridge Primary School

Monday 16th March saw the launch of a new and exciting wildlife app for Rainham.  A group of 10 – 11 year old children from Whybridge Junior School showed just how easy the app is to use across a wide range of electronic media. By the wonder of time travel, the children were also joined by John Harle, the man … Read More

Coal House Fort heritage centre

Photography of coal house fort heritage centre

The Trust awarded £112,250 to Thurrock Council to build a new Heritage Centre at Coal House Fort. Coal House Fort is a scheduled ancient monument, one of the best examples of a Victorian casement fort and associated landscape anywhere in the UK. This project includes the development of a café and heritage interpretation space within the Fort generator house, as … Read More