Wivenhoe: New book traces history of cricket in riverside community

10:50am Saturday 1st October 2011

TODAY’S cricketer would decline, no doubt most politely, the offer of a waistcoat, a hat or even a wig for turning out for his local team.

Looking Back: Characters from Colchester's past

4:50pm Saturday 3rd September 2011

COUNTY Standard readers seem to have an endless fascination for characters from the town’s past.

Wivenhoe: Photo exhibition brings past to the present

11:30am Saturday 27th August 2011

A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition this weekend is a testament to one man’s fondness for his home town.

My dad was a hero of real-life Great Escape

Essex County Standard: Poignant trip – Colin Kirby Green

7:00am Wednesday 10th November 2010

THE Great Escape conjures up much more than Steve McQueen flying past Nazi guards on a motorbike for Colin Kirby Green.

A bit of a do as hairbrush gets place in history

Essex County Standard: Bill Wendon uses the brush on customer Eddie Rhymes

11:00pm Wednesday 13th October 2010

A Stanway hairdresser’s antique electric hairbrush, which dates back to the early 1900s, is featuring in an online museum of artefacts and curiosities from across the UK.

Susan has the right ingredients for Guides' shield tale

Essex County Standard: Girlguiding archivist Susan Leng with the shield, the prize for a cookery competition.

9:00am Thursday 7th October 2010

Girlguiding archivist Susan Leng has loaned her expertise following the publication of a photograph in the County Standard.

Colchester Castle Museum celebrates its 150th birthday as a museum

Essex County Standard: Birthday celebrations – staff at Colchester Castle mark its 150 years of being a museum

4:00pm Saturday 2nd October 2010

IT is the iconic image of Colchester. Oxford and Cambridge have their universities, York has its minster, and Colchester’s pride and joy is its castle.

Dancing days to treasure at Colchester Officers' Club

Essex County Standard: A summer barbecue when the officers' club was a popular social venue.

5:43pm Friday 1st October 2010

Memories have been revived of happy days at the Colchester Garrison Officers’ Club.

Freddy the Shrimp Man: a real Colchester character

Essex County Standard: Freddy the Shrimp Man – Freddy Chapman, who used to sell his shellfish at the top of Scheregate Steps, Colchester. Picture courtesy Patrick Denney’s book Images of England: Colchester.

1:10pm Thursday 19th August 2010

Does anyone remember Freddy the Shrimp Man?

Harry really has seen it all

Essex County Standard: What a century: Harry Booth, still sprightly and full of memories at 100. (CO33487)

12:00pm Wednesday 18th August 2010

Harry Booth knows a lot about life in north Essex over the past century – and not because he has read about it.

Trawler crew lost when mine struck

Essex County Standard: Casualty of war: the Staunton which was blown up off Brightlingsea in 1940 with the loss of 13 lives.

10:10am Friday 13th August 2010

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the tragic night when a mine claimed the lives of 13 men on board a Brightlingsea-based trawler.

Forging links that lasted a lifetime

Essex County Standard: Forging links that lasted a lifetime

10:00am Wednesday 11th August 2010

Fun, friendship and a pattern for life – that is how one Colcestrian sums up her time with the Guides.

Did you star in production of Merrie England?

Essex County Standard: They all played a part: the cast of Merrie England in 1942.

9:30am Monday 9th August 2010

Were you among these young thespians?

Appeal to find long-lost classmates

Essex County Standard: Where are they now? the class of 1966 at Sir Anthony Deane School.

9:00am Saturday 7th August 2010

A group of old schoolfriends have appealed for help in finding their long-lost classmates.

Jeanette's hoping to meet up with old pals

Essex County Standard: Happy days: Jeanette Downing, nee Smith, with her St Helena schoolfriends.

2:48pm Friday 6th August 2010

A former pupil of Colchester’s St Helena School hopes to find her old classmates in time for a reunion in September.

Essex men who fought in Somme should be recognised with memorial

Essex County Standard: Frank Bailey of 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment, pictured as an officer in the Thirties

9:00am Friday 23rd July 2010

A CAMPAIGN for a memorial to mark a corner of a foreign field that is forever Essex has been launched.

Found on film: how Colchester was in the 60s

Essex County Standard: History on film: Bernard Polley and Jo Edwards with the old film of Colchester, shot in the 1960s.

11:00am Monday 28th June 2010

A film of Colchester in the late 1960s has resurfaced more than 40 years after it was made.

Navigator's delight at Cap Pilar's fame

Essex County Standard: Family: Skipper Adrian Seligman on board the Cap Pilar, with wife Jane and baby daughter Jessica.

10:30am Monday 14th June 2010

Cap Pilar may be gone, but, almost 75 years after her round-the-world exploits, her story is winning a growing band of fans.

Tales of life by the water in Tollesbury

Essex County Standard: Author: Colin Drake with his new book Waterside Memories.

2:00pm Saturday 12th June 2010

A new book has been launched about life by the water in Tollesbury.

Can you help solve maritime mystery?

5:18pm Friday 11th June 2010

A historian is seeking relatives of a Wivenhoe sailor who was on the bridge of a transatlantic liner which sunk in mysterious circumstances.

I preserved the diaries of the Cap Pilar navigator

Essex County Standard: My friend: Esmé Barrett with one of her notebooks containing the diaries of George Batterbury.

10:30am Tuesday 1st June 2010

A County Standard letter about the round-the-world barquentine Cap Pilar has led to the discovery of many others written by the ship’s navigator.

Be prepared to help gather Scouts' history

Essex County Standard: Centenary: the 9th Colchester Scouts, pictured in 1913, who will be celebrating their 100th birthday next year.

3:38pm Friday 28th May 2010

An appeal has gone out for memories of Colchester’s largest Scout group.

Piecing together facts about fatal air crash

Essex County Standard: Fatal crash: Flt Sgt Eric Lawrence, who died when his plane crashed in the Italian Alps.

3:35pm Friday 28th May 2010

A Colchester researcher has been piecing together the story of a Second World War airman who died when his plane crashed in the Italian Alps.

The "little ship" that saved my life

Essex County Standard: Remembering: Dunkirk veteran Cyril 'Dick' Raven.

9:00am Monday 17th May 2010

As the nation remembers the heroic little ships of Dunkirk, Cyril “Dick” Raven will be recalling just one this month – the one which brought him safely home.

A proper police farewell

Essex County Standard:

4:08pm Monday 14th April 2008

Here's another picture from the County Standard archives, which shows the funeral of a police officer with an honour guard. The only person identified in the photograph is the policeman third from the left, who is known to be William McDowell, of Old Heath Road, Colchester, a well-known policeman in the town. Can you identify any of the other officers or do you know whose funeral it is? Send an e-mail to ecs.letters@nqe.com

Recycling and repairs

11:48am Friday 11th April 2008

Five years ago Recycling containers were to be placed around Colchester's historic High Street area in a bid to crack down on litter left in the streets. Each year about 3,000 tonnes of waste was discarded in the town centre and much of that was recyclable.

Pages from the past: Boot camp and smells

11:18am Friday 28th March 2008

Pages from the past 5 YEARS AGO: Health chiefs apologised to patients for the "embarassment" of a new purpose-built hydrotherapy pool that has never worked - almost a year after it was due to open. The pool was part of the £1.5 million Mill Road Therapy Centre in Mile End.

Pages from the past: Town bids farewell to regiment

2:39pm Thursday 6th March 2008

Five years ago.

Do you know the mystery pictures

Essex County Standard:

4:17pm Wednesday 5th March 2008

Do you know anything about these pictures.

Do you recognise these faces from the past?

Essex County Standard: This mystery picture was taken in 1923

4:30pm Monday 25th February 2008

Do you recognise these faces from the past?

Ten years ago

4:41pm Monday 4th February 2008

Ten years ago on February 1, cuddly toys left in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales outside the gates of Colchester Castle, were on their way to youngsters in Bosnia in recognition of the princess's work with youngsters and her campaign against the use of landmines.

Five years ago

4:37pm Monday 4th February 2008

Five years ago on February 1, it was revealed that Colchester's new community stadium at Cuckoo Farm could help struggling children get a kick out of maths. The borough council was looking "very seriously" at a scheme to educate pupils at the stadium.

Looking back

11:28am Thursday 31st January 2008

LOOKING BACK 5 YEARS 1.2.08 IT was revealed that Colchester's new community stadium at Cuckoo Farm could help struggling children get a kick out of maths. The borough council was looking "very seriously" at a scheme to educate pupils at the stadium. It was one of a number of projects being considered to ensure the stadium did not simply become a new home for Colchester United.

100 years ago: School escapes fire

11:21am Friday 25th January 2008

Wakes Colne School narrowly escaped a serious fire. The caretaker, had left a large coconut mat to dry all night in front of the remains of the fire, and by some means it became ignited. On opening the school the next morning she was alarmed by finding it full of smoke, the mat being entirely consumed, a hole burnt through the floor, and the chair against which it was placed also destroyed.

40 years ago: pedestrians held up

11:20am Friday 25th January 2008

A Colchester zebra crossing was being manned by policemen and traffic wardens at peak periods - to hold up pedestrians so that traffic could flow freely. Traffic lights were expected to control traffic at the St Botolph's Corner junction with Osborne Street before the end of the year, and plans to phase the lights on the one-way town circuit so all were at red at the same time were being considered.

25 years ago: New manager search

11:18am Friday 25th January 2008

COLCHESTER United this week began their search for a new player-manager following the resignation of Allan Hunter. Ulsterman Hunter, manager at Layer Road for just eight months, quit.

Ten years ago: Institution to close

11:16am Friday 25th January 2008

IT was announced that Colchester's controversial Young Offenders Institution was to close down after just 13 months. Initially a one-year project, the so-called boot camp, with its military-style regime, was to shut its gates for the last time on March 31. The Home Office Prisons Minister told the House of Commons the scheme had to go on cost grounds.

Five years ago: Musicians hit out

11:14am Friday 25th January 2008

LEADING musicians this week hit out at Colchester Council for failing to support acts in the town. The comments came in the wake of news that Colchester Festival was being axed by volunteer organisers who believed the council had "reneged on promises" to help, accusing them of "sheer indifference".






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