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Tanker CHARTSMAN taken by Brightlingsea photographer Alf Jefferies. Probably in the Colne off Brightlingsea, loaded and inward bound for Colchester where she was a regular caller.
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Built 1944 as tanker EMPIRE BOXER 1944 Rowhedge Ironworks Yard no. 629. Official No. 169730, 340 tons gross.
1946 sold to C. Rowbotham, renamed CHARTSMAN
1967 converted to suction dredger for tin dredging in St Ives Bay. Renamed BAYMEAD 1974 Scrapped, Northam, Southampton.
</p><p>Photo Shared by Alf's daughter Lynn Ballard. c1960. Photo: Alf Jefferies
Ice piled up on the beach at West Mersea, in the hard winter of 1962-63. There was a lot of ice in the river and the creeks round Mersea were all frozen, except for a patch west of the Packing Shed. It was possible to walk from the causeway across to Feldy. cJanuary 1963.
Fire Brigade before they had uniforms, on Horry Martin's lorry in front of West Mersea Church. 
L-R 1. Horry Martin, 2. Arthur Mills, 3. Edgar Jopson, 4. Ivan Mole, 5. Herbert Burgess, 6. Horry Whiting, 7. Mr Cathercole, 8. Alec C. Green, 9. Bob Key (Island barber Johnny Hart's old shop), 10. Leonard Mills, 11. Oscar Whiting.
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Front left Horace Martin, builder, owner of the 'Dennis' lorry VW5608. His yard was where Fred's DIY now (2018) is. The yard and lorry were later owned by Clifford White. It was used for pill box work, and was driven by a Mr Waller. A. Tredget the builder bought it after WW2. (This lorry was fierce on the clutch - ask Ted Atkins). [Ron Green]
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Herbert Burgess spent many years working for William Wyatt, the boat builders. He was also an officer in the Sea Cadets and taught us boys to play various instruments [Owen Fletcher].
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The photograph appeared in the Daily Mirror 26 February 1929 with the caption Soon got very busy, - The fire brigade which has just been formed at West Mersea, Essex. It received several calls during the first few days of its existance.
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Photograph taken the same time as <a href=mmphoto.php?typ=ID&hit=1&tot=1&ba=cke&rhit=1&bid=MMC_P669_011 ID=1>MMC_669_011 </a>. 1929.
Birch Church c1905. <b>This church is about to be demolished! Feb 2014</b> 
The back of the card is divided, saying this space may now be used for communication - a change introduced in 1902.
The church is now [2013] derelict.
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February 2014 the church is likely to be demolished. There is a petition to try and save it. Colchester & NE Essex Building Preservation Trust have written:

St Peter's Church, Birch has stood empty for more than 24 years.

It is now derelict and the Diocese of Chelmsford wish to demolish it.

The Trust is campaigning to save the building and has recently completed a viability study. This has identified a proposal to convert most of the building into a family home.

Regrettably, despite having found a willing buyer for the church who is prepared to spend £1,200,000 restoring this iconic landmark, the Church Commissioners in consultation with the Diocese of Chelmsford, have decided to proceed with their plans to demolish.

In our opinion, this is unnecessary destruction of local heritage. The resultant harm will not only be in the loss of this Grade II listed building but also the detrimental impact of the loss on the Birch Conservation Area and the surrounding landscape.
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<p>Sign a petition to save the church:
<a href=http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html target=_new>
www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html</a> (Opens in a new window) c1905.
The urn and cremated bones from Mersea Barrow, back in Mersea after 100 years. The green glass urn was made by the Romans, about 1,900 years ago. The urn was taken to Colchester 25 May 1912 after the excavation of the Barrow, and returned to Mersea on loan from Colchester Museum 23 April 2012.
Hazzledine Warren records the bowl as being height 11 6/16 inches, diameter 12 14/16 inches, opening of mouth 3 2/16 inches, across ring 7 2/16 inches, width of ring 2 inches, thickness of sides 1/16 inch. 23 April 2012. Photo: Tony Millatt
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