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So why don't you email us and tell us what you think is making news in Great Baddow, that you'd like to share with us all. If you wish it to be anonymous, we're happy to oblige.

Death of Amy Foster

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Amy Foster earlier this month. Many of our regulars will remember Amy as our "roving reporter" during the demolision of Marrable House and the building of Heron Gate. She had a deep interest in this whole development and sent us frequent update bulletins based on her chats with the on-site team. Many of these appeared verbatim on our website. Sadly Amy was only 36 and had been suffering from anorexia nervosa for all of her adult life.

Her older sister, Megan Furlong, has asked us to let regular readers know about Amy. Megan is planning to do a charity walk/jog around the village to raise money for, and awareness of, this serious eating disorder. She also hopes that when Covid rules allow, she will be able to give a talk on anorexia nervosa somewhere in the village to help raise awareness and provide education on this issue. We will bring you further details at the appropriate time.

[Source: MC/MF- April 23rd 2021]

New Owners of United Reform Church

Octavia House Therapeutic Schools 2021The former URC in Great Baddow was sold in 2020 and the new owners have remained largely unknown since the purchase. Now, however, with the erection of new signage, the owners have been revealed as Octavia House Therapeutic Schools. This will be the fourth location for the independent schooling providers who already have schools in Vauxhall, Walworth and Kennington. Rated an Outstanding Provider by Ofsted, Octavia House offer sector-leading therapeutic schooling for children aged between 5 – 17 who have suffered adverse childhood experiences, known as ACE’s. Including trauma and toxic stress, they work with pupils who have a range of social, emotional, mental health and learning needs. Richard Leonard of Octavia House said “We are delighted to have secured this attractive multi-use property and look forward to working with Essex County Council in bringing forward a new therapeutic school to serve the needs of the children of Essex”

[Source: MC- Jan 9th 2021]

Happy New Year

Wishing you all a happier and healthier 2021

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