Thursday, 3 October 2013

Just my Cup of Tea

I recently went to The Salty Dogs Tearooms in Goldhanger. It was a wonderful experience. It's only a couple of months since it opened in The Old Pump House.

Their cakes are to die for, especially the Guinness and Chocolate .

The decor is beautiful and the lovely vintage crockery is sweet.

So if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or just fancy delicious food in a peaceful but sociable atmosphere and find yourself in the area why not give them a visit. 

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Islanders meet the islanders

It was great weather yesterday for the Round Great Britain World Record Rowers to meet many Mersea residents and Mersea School on the beach for a presentation and row past.
The Rowers Arrive

Some of the reception boats

Three of the Four Man Team

A section of the audience

Mersea Island School children and teachers

Josh with present and previous Nelson House Captains

The Flotilla

Saturday, 29 June 2013

World Record for Mersea Rowers

Congratulations to "The Islanders" Ali, Josh, James and Gavin who have rowed right round Great Britain non stop in a world record breaking time of 26days 9hours 9minutes, knocking nine hours off the 2005 time.

See the Finish on the Thames by clicking this link 

Many Mersea residents were there at Tower Bridge to welcome them safely back and join them in the celebrations. What a fantastic day we all had on Thursday!!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Start of the Round Great Britain Rowing Race

We set off at 5.30am Saturday to catch the train in Colchester. At Liverpool Street we got on our bikes and rode to Tower Bridge in time to see the start of the race.

The start at Tower Bridge

The Islanders Lead the way

The "two man" Girls team

At 08.16 BST on Saturday, June 1, the Queen’s Rowing Barge Gloriana led the six competing boats beneath Tower Bridge in London to officially start this epic race. 
Don't they look small!!

We followed them down the Thames on our bikes and then headed back to Liverpool Street. A fantastic exciting  spectacle.
 Yesterday "The Islanders" were the first to the Isle of Wight and are still in the lead now.
Track their progress on - its addictive!! 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Islanders Challenge

Next month the team will take on the “toughest race Britain has to offer”. Battling severe fatigue, sleep deprivation, dehydration, horrendous blisters and all the problems that four men living in a 25 foot long boat encounter.
They will attempt to row day and night non-stop around the entire circumference of England, Wales and Scotland, just over 2000 miles. 

Their aim is to break the current World Record of 26 days and 14 hours.
We wish them and their seven competitor boats all the best!!
Follow them on their journey at

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Remembering the 1953 Floods

It has been 60 years since the North Sea floods claimed 307 British lives. In the Netherlands, the dead numbered more than 1,800.
A combination of a high spring tide and a severe wind over the North Sea caused a storm surge . The combination of wind and high tide had the effect that the water level exceeded 5.6 metres (18.4 ft) above mean sea level in some locations. The flood and waves overwhelmed sea defences and caused extensive flooding.

In EssexCanvey Island was inundated with the loss of 58 lives and another 37 died when the seafront village of Jaywick near Clacton was flooded.

The Environment Agency has said that, despite major improvements to sea defences and warning systems, 1.3m people or one in 25 homes in England and Wales remained at risk of coastal flooding.

Have we done enough in Essex to ensure it will not happen again?